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NDU’s iCollege Chancellor Robert Childs is a Five-Time Fed100 Award Winner

UNRELEASED | February 24, 2011

It has happened again! For the third consecutive year (and a total of five times) the National Defense University’s (NDU) iCollege Chancellor, Dr. Robert D. Childs, has been recognized with the prestigious Fed 100 Award! Dr. Childs was notified by Anne A. Armstrong, President of 1105 Government Information Group, and John Stein Monroe, Editor of Federal Computer Week.

The “Fed 100” recognizes the top executives from government, industry, and academia who had the greatest impact on the government information systems community. Each year, 1105 Government Information Group and Federal Computer Week magazine assemble an independent panel of judges to choose the winners. Dr. Childs was informed that he was selected “because of the difference he made in the way agencies, companies and government officials develop, acquire, manage and use information technology.”

Dr. Childs was a Fed 100 winner in 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010, and now 2011. What makes this achievement even more dramatic is the realization that only two individuals have been awarded Fed 100 status for the last three consecutive years; Mr Vivek Kundra, the U.S. Government’s Chief Information Officer, and Chancellor Childs.

Dr. Childs will be recognized in the March 28 issue of Federal Computer Week magazine and at a black-tie gala held Monday, March 28 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

Federal Computer Week started what is now the signature awards program in the government information technology community 23 years ago. The Fed 100 is an elite community of government professionals, industry executives, and academic scholars recognized for their sense of duty, commitment to excellence, and devotion to public service.

Asked about this achievement, Childs responded that he was “extremely fortunate to have an incredible staff and faculty of experts who are very knowledgeable and willing to do whatever it takes to be a world-class institution.” He credited VADM Ann E. Rondeau, US Navy, NDU President, with providing him the top-level support needed to interact globally. Childs further stated that “being based at NDU, with its vast array of colleges, educational centers, incredible course offerings, and subject matter experts offers a wonderful crossroads to continuously engage leaders from government, private sector, and international communities.”

global conferences and capacity-building engagements, collaborating with key academic and private sector organizations, and motivating and driving the college’s workforce of 85 esteemed faculty and staff. Child’s leadership in advancing the college’s vision to become the “Global Hub for Educating, Informing, and Connecting Information Age Leaders” is well on its way to being fully realized.

What does it take to win the coveted Federal 100 Award? In 2010, Chancellor Childs sponsored an inter-agency Cybersecurity Challenge, organized NDU’s first Cybersecurity conference in Singapore (attracting 250 leaders from 11 countries), worked in partnership with the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) to host a “Cloud Computing” event in London, and gathered federal and private-sector leaders to develop two new educational certificate programs (Cyber and Chief Technology Officer). He directed expansion of the NDU iCollege’s Cyber and Innovation Laboratories, managed information leadership education to COCOMs, worked with defense ministries across the globe, and attracted top Information Age leaders from industry and government to speak and participate at events hosted by the college. Dr. Childs has become known as a “Cyber Visionary” and has helped to put NDU and the NDU iCollege on the global map.