When we think about diversity, it’s important to expand our categories of inclusion.
BiographyDr. Ahmed El-Haggan is the VP and CIO of the award-winning IT Division at Coppin State University. He has been at Coppin for 15 years. He heads the Information Technology Division at Coppin, which is in charge of all aspects of information, telecommunication and instructional technologies Under his leadership, the IT division has garnered many State, national and International technology awards for its innovations and expansion of technology university-wide, including being the first school in the University System of Maryland to completely go wireless and earn a spot in US News and World Report's Top 20 "Unwired Campuses." Dr. El-Haggan has 27 years of experience in higher education. His experience in higher education is divided between research, teaching, and administering information technology. He also worked as a consultant for different businesses and directed the MIS department for a business in Florida. Dr. El-Haggan earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the Faculty of Engineering, Cairo University, Egypt. Dr. El-Haggan was awarded a research/teaching scholarship from New Mexico State University for his published research work. He earned his Ph.D. from New Mexico State University from the Mechanical Engineering department in the field of Computer Modeling and Simulation of Solar Energy Power Systems. He was awarded several State, National, and International citations. He was awarded the Governor Excellence Award for his contribution in Information Technology. Also he was awarded the State of Maryland Ambassador Pin for his excellence in teaching. Dr. El-Haggan received the Certificate of merit from the Indian Engineering Society for his excellent publications. He has 15 publications that were published nationally and presented nationally and internationally. Dr. El-Haggan has taken Coppin State University to a new IT plateau. In 2005, Coppin became the first university in Maryland to receive EDUCAUSE's prestigious Award for Excellence in Networking. Coppin also became the first Historically Black Institution to be honored with this recognition. In 2005, Campus Technology chose Coppin among the "Innovators of the Year" for its usage of Lecture Capture Technology. In 2006, Coppin was the Enterprise All Star awardee by Network World. Coppin was also inducted 5 times in 2005, 2006, 2009, and 2010 as a Laureate of the Computerworld Honors Program "In Search for New Heroes" for its innovative use of technology implementing VoIP, Lecture Capture system, Business Intelligence, Smart Electronic Storage System, and Improving Public Safety Effectiveness and Efficiency by implementing E911. Coppin also received the 2010 Avaya Customer Innovation Award, was praised for its groundbreaking implementation of Enhanced 911 system, and was recognized for a partnership with Fischer International for implementing an innovative Identity Management solution.
Higher education IT leaders are increasingly paying attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as critical to strategic workforce development and as a key IT issue.
IT leaders share thoughts on the 2018 Top 10 IT list.