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Owens Graduates from UNC CGCIO Program

Rick OwensWINTERVILLE—Earlier this month, Rick Owens, PCC’s Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Services, graduated from the Certified Government Chief Information Officers (CGCIO) Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Government.

The 35-year-old Owens, who received PCC’s Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award earlier this year, is responsible for providing vision, leadership and coordination for information technology services on the Pitt campus.

The CGCIO program Owens completed entails approximately 240 hours of training. Instruction covers strategic technology planning, communication, project management, emerging trends, risk assessment and management, acquisition management, change management, leadership, security, legal issues and financial trends.

Owens is one of 18 public sector technology leaders from North Carolina community colleges and state agencies to successfully complete the CGCIO course this year.

A Pitt County native, Owens began working at PCC in May 2006 as a systems administrator in the Administrative Computing Department. Two years later, he became Director of Infrastructure Services before eventually assuming his current role in January 2010.

A former PCC student, Owens earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from East Carolina University in 1998. Three years later, he earned a master’s in Business Administration from ECU.

The CGCIO program is the first local government-specific program for CIOs in the nation. The program is designed for local government Chief Information Officers and Information Technology Directors whose challenging responsibilities require a broad understanding of management, leadership, legal, regulatory and enterprise topics.

CGCIO’s director, Dr. Shannon Tufts, has been recognized by Government Technology magazine as one of the 2010 Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers for the creation and expansion of the nationally-acclaimed program. The program seeks to elevate the position of the dedicated and talented cadre of public sector technology leaders who work tirelessly to serve the public good through strategic investments in technology.