2018 IT Leadership Award recipients Andrea Mascher and Sarah Mascher Wallace with CIO Steve Fleagle

The IT Leadership Award is part of a continuing effort to develop, encourage, and support IT Leadership for all IT professionals across the University of Iowa. This annual award is co-sponsored by the UI Chief Information Officer and the UI IT Leadership Development Team.

Nominations are accepted during the spring semester and awarded by the CIO during the UI Tech Forum, held late spring or early summer. The 2018 recipients were Andrea Mascher and Sarah Mascher Wallace, pictured at right with CIO Steve Fleagle.

The objectives of the award are to:

  • Provide public recognition to one or more IT staff members who has exhibited leadership (see criteria below)
  • Highlight the importance of IT leadership to the UI community


Nominees for this award must have IT responsibilities and exhibit exemplary performance that has delivered recent measurable results in one or more of the areas of engagement, impact, or initiative. The following questions will be guidance for evaluation nominees and should be addressed in nominations:


  • How engaged was the nominee in the IT community?
  • How has the individual promoted and leveraged working relationships with peers?
  • What was the level of engagement and impact to projects and individual work?


How has the nominee impacted:

  • Other individuals through mentoring, coaching, or other activities?
  • Community-wide IT projects?
  • Their work unit?
  • Their department?
  • The university as a whole?
  • Has the nominee shown leadership across the university by participation in external groups (Iowa City area, Iowa Board of Regents groups, Big Ten Academic Alliance, EDUCAUSE, user groups, etc.)? If so, how?
  • How has the nominee used leadership influence to improve processes, initiatives, or services?


  • Was the individual assigned this leadership role, or did they voluntarily assume it?
  • How did the nominee build buy-in for an idea or project?
  • How has the nominee exhibited professional growth through individual leadership development?
  • How has the nominee grown as a leader?
  • How have the nominee’s leadership attributes, such as influence and presence, improved?


Submit a nomination:

  • Nominations may be submitted by any UI employee. Self-nominations are acceptable.
  • Nominators must complete the IT Leadership Award nomination form by Wednesday, April 25, 2018.


The IT Leadership Development Team will review the nominations and provide award recommendations to the UI Chief Information Officer.


Please contact IT Leadership Development Team Chair, Jose Jimenez.

Past Recipients