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2012 Rose Award Winner: Jim Dolgonas

Jim Dolgonas Jim Dolgonas, President and Chief Executive Officer Emeritus of CENIC

The Richard Rose Award was established to recognize extraordinary individual contributions that extend the reach of advanced networking into the K20 community. The award focuses on efforts to extend advanced networking and applications from research universities to the broadest education community, including primary and secondary schools, community colleges, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, performing arts and cultural centers, America's "anchor institutions."

The 2012 winner, Jim Dolgonas, served as president and chief executive officer of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), from July 1, 2004, until he stepped down January 31, 2012. California's education and research communities leverage their networking resources under CENIC to obtain cost-effective, high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs of their faculty, staff, and students. CENIC's membership is drawn from California's K-20 research and education institutions and includes nearly all of the state's public education system and a significant number of private research and education institutions.

Most recently, Dolgonas worked with a consortium of small telecommunications carriers and community groups to win $46 million in federal stimulus funds to expand CENIC's fiber path in the underserved areas of the Central Valley. The Central Valley Next Generation Broadband Infrastructure Project will improve the availability of broadband networking infrastructure to schools, colleges, and universities in 18 counties, as well as to anchor institutions in those counties such as county and main libraries, public safety answering points, and healthcare providers.

As a leader and collaborator, Dolgonas also helped to reshape the public policy agenda for the California Public Utility Commission's California Teleconnect Fund to provide additional support for K-12 and community colleges.). Further, Dolgonas has been a longtime supporter of content initiatives. A recent example is the provision of start-up and support to early phases of what is now a California-wide STEM initiative. The initiative has grown to become independent of CENIC and is now its own 501(c)(3) organization with its own funding and governance.

Prior to joining CENIC, Dolgonas served for 25 years in various technology leadership positions within the University of California system, including as system CIO. He has been active in EDUCAUSE, including service on the Administrative Systems Advisory committee, as well as in Internet2 as a member of the External Relations Advisory Council. Dolgonas has also served on various industry advisory committees, including those of IBM and Sun. He holds a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from UCLA.