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About the Award
The NDU iCollege Hall of Fame, established in 2012, was designed to honor two categories of individuals - Alumni and Advocates. Specifically, Alumni recipients have attained significant positions in career leadership by using their education at the NDU iCollege. Selected graduates of the college’s certificate programs or Master of Science Degree will be honored for their achievements in accordance with the Hall of Fame guidelines for alumni. The second category, Advocates, have distinguished themselves through sustained contributions, support, and/or advancement of the college. Chosen Advocates are recognized as having given significant and enduring support to the college that has resulted a significant contribution to the college's ability to perform its mission. Potential Hall of Fame recipients are nominated annually by iCollege faculty and staff, and a committee reviews each application, discusses the merits of each nominee, and recommends Hall of Fame honorees to the iCollege leadership team who makes the final selection.
2016 – Ms. Melissa Hathaway
2015 –Mr. Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia
Distinguished Alumnus - Beginning Fall 2014, Mr. Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia has been serving as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury overseeing a $ 3.5 Billion IT Portfolio. Prior to this position, Sonny had an advisory position in the State of Hawaii Government from 2011-2014 reporting directly to the Governor. As the Governor’s Chief Advisor on Technology and Cybersecurity, Sonny published a comprehensive plan aligning Hawaii with the President’s National Cybersecurity Framework. As State’s First CIO, he led the business and technology transformation for the State, with a comprehensive plan and Top 10 enterprise programs. Sonny served as Deputy Associate Administrator, U.S. General Services Administration from 2010-2011, helping the Federal CIO and CTO implement Digital Government Programs with Government-wide impact. Within the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Sonny served from 2007-2010 as DOI CIO, where he oversaw a $1B IT Portfolio and modernized the DOI’s diverse IT environment under its top-rated Enterprise Architecture Program. Sonny’s service in high-level government positions, receipt of the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executive, and multi-year recognition on the Federal 100 Award provides inspiration and motivation to our students and faculty alike. These types of achievements are exactly what we hope our iCollege alumni will accomplish in their careers.
2015 - Ms. Joyce France
Distinguished Advocate - Joyce M. France is a senior consultant servicing in the areas of information resources, technology management and IT /cyber personnel management. She retired as a Senior Executive with the Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Office, DoD (CIO). Joyce has over 30 years of extensive experience in the Information Resources and Technology Management arenas. She entered the senior executive service as the Director for the Information Management & IT/Information Management Workforce Directorate in 2004. In this capacity, she was responsible for DoD-wide strategic planning; governance administration and policy, DoD-wide IT workforce management and IT/IA education and training, the National Defense University’s (NDU) Information Resources Management College CIO curriculum; DoD Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution process for the Deputy CIO (Information Enterprise); DoD Web site administration policy; DoD Privacy Impact Assessments; DoD information collections and reporting; capital planning and investment control and DoD Section 508 implementation, providing individuals with disabilities access to DoD electronic information. Because of ongoing recognition of the important role the college plays in developing highly-skilled DoD and Federal information leaders, past guidance and advice on our various educational programs, and long-term funding support, Joyce France was honored with the Hall of Fame award.
2014 - LtGen Atanas Zaprianov
2013 - Honorable John G. Grimes
Distinguished Advocate – The Honorable John G. Grimes was nominated by President Bush in 2005 and sworn in as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration (ASD NII) / Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO), serving in this position until 2009. His public service also included five years on the White House National Security Council Staff as Director for National Security Telecommunications Policy, Director of Defense Command, Control and communications Programs, and Senior Director White House Situation Support Staff from 1984 to 1990. John served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense-wide Command, Control and Communications and was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counterintelligence and Security Countermeasures from 1990 to 1994. He held senior leadership positions with the National Communications System, Defense Communications Agency, and various U.S. Army Communications organizations following his military service in the U.S. Air Force. In his role as ASD NII/DOD CIO, he supported the iCollege for several years by ensuring that funding for the college’s CIO Certificate program and other programs was provided. John was a frequent advisor to the NDU iCollege Chancellor, meeting with the college’s leadership team often and providing guidance on program changes, upcoming technologies, DOD policy advice, and other related matters. He worked on behalf of the college for several years to connect us internationally and help us define “soft power” as a key area for the college.
2012 - Mr. Steve Cooper
Distinguished Advocate – Mr. Steve Cooper is the current CIO for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Prior to this position, Steve was a founding partner of Strativest, a firm focused on identifying emerging technologies applicable to homeland security, providing management advisory services for the strategic use of information and communications technology for competitive advantage. Earlier in his career, he was Director, Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO). In late 2005, Mr. Cooper was asked to join the American Red Cross (ARC) as the Senior Vice President and CIO and was responsible for the Information Technology (IT) assets of the Red Cross and leveraging them to support the humanitarian organization’s 35,000 employees and the 300 million Americans they serve. In 2003, Steve was appointed by President George W. Bush as the first CIO of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Early in 2002, he was appointed Special Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and also served as Senior Director for Information Integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security. Steve has always been a great supporter of the NDU iCollege. He completed several iCollege courses and ever since has been promoting the college’s programs. In addition, he has been a guest speaker in several courses, sharing his knowledge and experience in both the government and private sectors with iCollege students. Steve is always willing to go above-and-beyond to support the college.