Coppin State University Employee Receives USM Board of Regents Award

Published Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Information Technology Director wins prestigious USM award.

Baltimore, MD –Coppin State University (CSU) announced today that Prasad Doddanna, director of Information Technology is the recipient of the 2016-2017 University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents’ Staff Award.

Every year, staff awards are presented to USM employees who have demonstrated excellence in one of five areas; Contribution to the Institution, Service to Students, Public Service, Effectiveness and Efficiency and Inclusion, Multiculturalism, and Social Justice. Doddanna was recognized for his outstanding contribution and impact in the area of Effectiveness and Efficiency.

This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Regents for staff achievement for institutions within the University System of Maryland.

Prasad Doddanna (PD) joined Coppin State’s Division of Information Technology in 2001, as a project manager for the implementation of PeopleSoft -- an integrated software package providing a variety of business applications. Today, he and his colleagues are highly regarded for enabling campus-wide access to the University’s Analytics Dashboard; a platform that tracks and provides enrollment data.

“I am thankful for all of the support I get from our CIO, Information System staff and Information Technology Division colleagues,” said PD upon hearing that he had been selected for the award “We have a lot of synergy that makes our projects successful.”

PD is also a part of a larger team that received the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Student Success. That award recognizes individuals or institutions whose program application lead to an increase in retention, program completion, and overall improved outcomes. The team traveled to New Orleans last month and received their awards at Blackboard’s national convention; BbWorld.

PD and this year’s other Staff Award recipients will be recognized at a special breakfast ceremony during the next Board of Regents meeting scheduled for Friday, September 15, 2017, at University of Maryland Baltimore County. Each recipient receives a plaque and a $2,000 stipend. 

PD is the third Coppin State employee over a four-year period to receive this prestigious honor.

 

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