Higher Education IT Executive of the Year
Charles Welch is the president of the Arkansas State University System. As president, Welch oversaw an initiative to align the Arkansas State University System institutions through a shared technology platform, with the objective of increasing the percentage of Arkansans with a college credential. More than 35,000 students across seven institutions are now powered by a single technology environment supporting centralized IT services. This initiative increased online services for students, simplified mobility for students across institutions, and automated processes to accomplish business more efficiently.