Sam Segran Honored as Texas Public Chief Information Officer of the Year

He has enhanced Texas Tech's mission through the strategic planning, investment and efficient use of information technology.

Sam Segran

Sam Segran, associate vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer for Texas Tech University, was awarded the 2012 Texas Public Sector Chief Information Officer of the Year Award.

Segran was nominated by Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance for exemplary leadership, strategic vision, innovation and collaboration, and for being a nationally recognized information technology leader for Texas Tech.

“It is no surprise Sam was selected as the 2012 Texas Public CIO of the Year,” Hance said. “During his nearly 30 years with Texas Tech, Sam has served this university well and done an outstanding job as our CIO.”

After spending a few years as a member of a flight crew in the international airline industry, Segran joined the information technology field at Texas Tech in 1983. For more than a quarter century he has been dedicated to enhancing the university’s mission through the strategic planning, investment and efficient use of information technology.

“This honor is a testament to Sam’s strong work ethic, leadership and countless contributions to Texas Tech and the entire state of Texas,” said Hance. “We are proud of Sam and grateful that he is part of our team.”

One of Segran’s many accomplishments includes the launch of a major cybersecurity awareness campaign, known as the “Safe Computing Practices” campaign, for Texas Tech and the Lubbock-area community in 2004. He has also been recognized by Texas Tech for his successes in cost-saving activities for the university by implementing a sustained efficiencies program that has delivered annual savings in the millions.

“This award is truly an honor,” said Segran. “It is overwhelming and humbling at the same time. It really reflects many years of dedicated, outstanding work by our IT employees and my senior staff at Texas Tech University. It certainly reflects the support from my wife Jamie and the leadership at Texas Tech, and our excellent partnerships with senior IT leaders from Texas Tech institutions and our partners in other departments and organizations.

“I’m also very appreciative of Chancellor Kent Hance for taking the time to nominate me for this prestigious award, and to the Texas CIO Academy who established this award.”

Segran was honored at Thursday’s 2012 Chief Information Officer (CIO) Academy in Austin. In addition to receiving this award, Segran will also be featured in “Public CIO Magazine.”

For more information on the 2012 CIO Academy and the CIO of the Year Award, please click here.