Hughes Named to Virginia IT Council

Posted: July 10, 2013 at 10:25 am, Last Updated: July 12, 2013 at 7:14 am

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Joy Hughes.Creative Services photo

Joy Hughes.Creative Services photo

Joy R. Hughes, special advisor to the president of George Mason University and professor in the Volgenau School of Engineering, was appointed by  to the Virginia Information Technology Advisory Council and was sworn in on July 3.

The 14-member council advises Secretary of Technology Jim Duffy and Chief Information Officer Sam Nixon on planning for, acquiring and managing information technology in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The council includes one representative from an agency under each of the governor’s secretaries; Hughes will represent the secretary of education.  The council also includes representatives from Virginia’s high tech and venture capital communities.

Hughes served as George Mason’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer for 16 years before assuming her current post in June 2013.

She also had experience as a university CIO at Oregon State University, the State University of New York-Potsdam and the University of Charleston (W.V.). Hughes received her PhD in information systems from The Union Institute, an MS in computer science from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MS in mathematics from Rutgers University.

Hughes serves on the board of directors of the GMU-Instructional Foundation, the Film and Video Studies program at Mason, and the F-Corporation, a cable television company.  She is a board member of the Confucius Institute at Mason, a joint project of Mason and the Beijing Language and Culture University.  She is board secretary of Technology Goddesses, a multistate initiative to interest pre-college girls in technology careers.

Hughes’ appointment on the Information Technology Advisory Council extends through June 30, 2014.

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