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Maurice Ferrell Honored with Nonprofit Technology Award

Maurice Ferrell
MCNC, the nonprofit operator of the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN), presented the Empower Award to Maurice Ferrell, assistant director at UNC School of Government's Center for Public Technology. MCNC is a technology nonprofit that builds, owns, and operates a leading-edge broadband infrastructure for North Carolina’s research, education, non-profit healthcare, and other community institutions. When the organization experienced considerable growth in 2008, the Empower Award was introduced to recognize individuals who were not long-time members of the NCREN Community but made an immediate impact upon engagement.

Ferrell was recognized for his role with the Certified Educational Chief Technology Officer (CeCTO) program, a partnership among the School of Government, MCNC, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The program focuses on K-12 IT leaders along with their superintendents to empower them with the tools needed to lead a technology-rich environment in education. Ferrell, along with Shannon Tufts, director of the Center for Public Technology, also serve as evaluators on MCNC's broadband implementation across the state.

In addition to his role with the Center for Public Technology, Ferrell is an adjunct instructor with the School's Master of Public Administration program. Before joining the School of Government in February 2009, Ferrell served as chief information officer for the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, Virginia. His efforts were recognized by the governor at the Commonwealth of Virginia Innovative Technology Symposium (COVITS) in 2004 for Technology Innovation in Higher Education. He also served as principal investigator for a three-year National Science Foundation grant that totaled $1 million, which focused on providing technology experiences for high school students. Previously, Ferrell was the IT director for the Danville Public School System. Ferrell earned an MBA from Liberty University, a bachelor's degree in business administration from Averett University, and an associate's degree in information technology from Danville Community College.