Hodges University Dean and Professor Honored for Work in Technology

Hodges University News

It was a big night for Hodges University as the Fisher School of Technology dean and a professor were both honored for their work in technology at the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership (SWFRTP) Awards Dinner in Fort Myers on April 13. Dr. Al Ball, dean of the Fisher School of Technology, won the Partnership Award, and Professor Tracey Lanham, program chair of the computer information technology department, received the Woman in Technology Award.

The Woman in Technology Award recognizes, through professional expertise and leadership, the success and contributions of a woman in the technology industry of Southwest Florida. “It was quite an honor to win this award from the Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership. My intrinsic passion is to encourage more girls and women to take part in technology pathways as they pursue their education and careers,” said Lanham. “It is so important that we provide the opportunities for them to get engaged and involved from an early point in their educational curriculum. The fact that I was awarded for following this passion and making a difference in our community really shows me that our community members are behind these initiatives and that they are ready to support a much higher level of diversity and inclusion in the technology sector.”

Recipient of the Partnership Award, which recognizes an individual who has “truly forwarded the mission of the organization,” Ball remarked, “I have long admired and respected the work the partnership does in Southwest Florida, and I do consider it a privilege to be a part of it. I try to spread the word about the partnership as much as possible.”

Southwest Florida Regional Technology Partnership, Inc. is a nonprofit organization chartered in 2008. Comprised of technology companies and users, economic development groups and institutions of higher education, the SWFRTP Awards Gala is recognized as “Southwest Florida’s longest running, high profile ‘Excellence in Technology’ event.”

About the Fisher School of Technology:
The School of Technology was one of the first academic schools established at Hodges University. Renamed the Fisher School of Technology in 2011, students in this school have a desire to explore technology and how it can be used to improve the way we conduct business or the way we live our lives.

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