Doug Cremer, Butte College's Chief Information Systems Officer (CISO) has been honored with the 2012 Campus Technology Excellence Award from the California Community College Chief Information Systems Officers Association.
This annual statewide award recognizes a District Chief Information Systems Officer for demonstrating excellence in technological advancements that support students, faculty, and staff at a community college.
As CISO, Cremer took the place of two previous managers significantly reducing costs and improving the support and reliability of the technology area and the campus through upgrades and new applications.
Cremer and his team worked closely with Financial Aid and Admissions and Records Departments to provide the technology support needed to effectively implement new federal and state regulations. He worked to improve reliability and quality by upgrading infrastructure and fielding new applications, and making technology central to decision-making by leveraging the capabilities of the systems to provide information that has led to meaningful change.
Cremer's department created reports to track basic skills progression and retention of first-time freshmen. These reports provide the faculty with key information on students' progress as well as the effectiveness of program changes.
Focusing on reducing the college's technology costs, Cremer instituted a "lease," rather than "purchase" program for the college's critical technology systems.
As a member of Butte's Sustainability Steering Committee, Cremer has worked to reduce technology energy consumption through automated tracking of computer lab usage and implemented processes that ensure that lab and personal computers are off when the campus is closed.
The result of Cremer's efforts has been outstanding systems reliability, reduced costs, a "greener" operation, and a technology area that is seen as central to the college's continuous improvement process.
"We're proud of the tremendous leadership Doug Cremer has provided and he is very deserving of this statewide recognition," said Dr. Kimberly Perry, Butte College president. "His efforts to use technology to better support students and staff have made a real impact at the college. Thanks to Doug and his team we're using technology more effectively, reducing costs and operating in more sustainable ways."
Prior to assuming his current role as the college's CISO, Cremer served as the Executive Director for the California Community College Technology Center and the California Virtual Campus. In this role, Cremer provided significant cost savings to the districts, did great work on a number of initiatives to better align the technology efforts of the UC, CSU, CCC, and K-12 systems, and implemented a number of strategies to provide students with better access to distance education offerings.
Founded in 1987, the California Community College Chief Information Systems Officers Association's purpose is to provide direction to information systems professionals in California community colleges; provide for professional growth and development of association members; provide an efficient vehicle for communicating among information systems officers, other community college personnel, the Chancellor's Office and other state agencies; and increase recognition of the value and necessity of information systems for effective planning and management of individual districts and the California community colleges as a whole.