It’s a first! Blake Haggerty, executive director for digital learning and technology support at NJIT, has received the inaugural George Laskaris Leadership Award, presented this past November by NJEDge.Net. The award, established in honor of the organization’s now retired founding CEO and president, recognizes an early to midcareer professional who has provided a high level of vision, leadership and service to both his or her home institution as well as NJEDge.Net.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with Blake on a number of initiatives over the years here at NJIT,” said David Ullman, associate provost for the Information Services and Technology (IST) Division and CIO at NJIT and an NJEDge.Net trustee, in a video about Haggerty receiving the award. “Today he is building a divisionwide culture of service delivery that is really rooted in an understanding and appreciation of the outcomes of teaching and learning.”
NJEDge.Net, a nonprofit research and education network housed at and staffed by NJIT, fosters and supports the productive use of new and emerging technologies across the academic enterprise. It was established in 2000 and today serves more than 60 members that include primarily higher-education institutions, as well as K-12 schools and health care systems.
Haggerty, who is responsible for strategic leadership, planning and direction of NJIT’s digital learning initiatives and manages the IST Service Desk as well as an array of general IT services, has been an active member of NJEDge.Net for 15 years. Among his most notable contributions was his co-chairmanship of NJEDge.Net’s Distance Learning Academic Advisory Board, now known as the Academic Technology Group, and his establishment of an affinity group for user services staff members. The mission of this group, over 80 members strong, is to engage user services and help desk professionals, desktop-support technicians, media assistants and IT specialists and consultants.
“NJEDge has played an important role in my professional development,” Haggerty remarked via email, expressing his appreciation of the honor. “I hope to continue to be involved with NJEDge in the future. Over the past couple of years, my focus has been on offerings that support our user services professions, including NJEDge's annual User Services Symposium, IT Service Management — offering IT services that meet users needs and expectations — and using synchronous communication tools to support converged learning.”