Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

TECH TALK: NAFEO Unveils Technology Division to Assist HBCUs

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

TECH TALK: NAFEO Unveils Technology Division to Assist HBCUs

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Former FAMU administrator leads association's IT efforts

Since last August, Sterlin Adams has worked quietly behind the scenes to build an information technology program at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO). A former administrator who has worked with NAFEO president and CEO Dr. Frederick Humphries since the 1980s, Adams now has the task of making NAFEO into a premier information technology service organization for the nation's historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Last month, the association, which lobbies the federal government on behalf of the HBCU community, announced publicly that it had created a technology division under the leadership of Adams. With Adams and the technology division no longer keeping a low profile, NAFEO officials say the division is being created "to help Black colleges acquire the necessary technology to propel them to the forefront of the current technology revolution."

For Adams, who holds the position of vice president of technology at NAFEO, the opportunity will likely require him to draw upon the insights and experience he gained while managing information technology programs at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Since the summer, NAFEO had a computer purchase arrangement with Gateway Computer that benefits HBCUs. The organization plans to offer IT workshops at its upcoming annual meeting in Washington in April. NAFEO is the nation's largest association of historically and predominantly Black colleges and universities representing 118 institutions, both public and private.

"We will be working with NAFEO members to identify and address their technology resource needs," Adams says. "We'll bring together the chief information officers, and other information technology personnel from the schools, to work on collaborative efforts to advance all our members. We will do this by working together to compete for corporate and federal funding to help us improve technology on HBCU campuses."

The former chief information officer and director of the university planning and analysis office at FAMU, Adams is credited with being the administrator who led FAMU to be the first HBCU to join the Internet2 consortium. …

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