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Ira Fuchs receives leadership award

Ira Fuchs, Princeton's former vice president for computing and information technology, has been selected by EDUCAUSE to receive its 2000 Leadership Award.

The award recognizes extraordinary effectiveness, influence, statesmanship and lifetime achievement on both individual campuses and in the wider higher education community.

Fuchs, who left the University in July to become the vice president for research in information technology at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, was chief information technology officer at Princeton for 15 years.

During that time, he established a world-class networking environment at the University and provided it with vital, innovative leadership. Fuchs continues to advise Princeton President Harold T. Shapiro on information technology matters on a one-day-a-week basis.

Fuchs also has been active nationally in major technology initiatives. He was the co-founder and long-time leader of the BITNET international academic networking project. He also has provided leadership to the worldwide higher education community as chairman of the board of the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking, as chief scientist and board member of the JSTOR (Journal Storage) Project and through his work to develop the European Academic and Research Network. He has served on the boards of trustees of the Usenix Association, the Internet Society and Educom, and on corporate advisory boards at Apple, IBM and NeXT.

The award will be given to Fuchs Thursday, Oct. 12, at the EDUCAUSE 2000 conference in Nashville.

Shapiro described the honor as "well-deserved recognition not only for his many significant contributions to Princeton but his leadership in the field of information technology more generally."

The award comes with a one-time, $5,000 scholarship that will be given in Fuchs' name to a student majoring in computer science at Vassar College.

"It's a great honor to receive this prestigious award," Fuchs said.

EDUCAUSE is an international, non-profit association whose mission is to help shape higher education through the introduction, use and management of information resources and technologies in teaching, learning, scholarship, research and institutional management.

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601

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