CLEMSON — Clemson University’s chief technology officer, Jim Pepin, has been named a 2010 Premier 100 IT Leaders honoree by Computerworld Magazine.

This year’s Premier 100 spotlights leaders from both the technology and business sides of organizations for their exceptional technology leadership, innovative ideas for business challenges and effectively managed information-technology (IT) strategies.

“The Premier 100 awards program shines a spotlight on the best of IT leadership and innovation,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld. “Despite a tough economy, these senior IT leaders are seizing this rare moment to steer measured growth, embark on innovative pilots and build loyalty in their most valued workers. We’re pleased to honor the achievements of these 100 men and women who epitomize calm and steady IT leadership.”

“When Jim came to Clemson, my hope was that his technical expertise would be the catalyst for our building the kind of cyberinfrastructure required by faculty and students to compete for larger research grants,” said Jim Bottum, Clemson’s chief information officer and vice provost for computing and information technology. “He’s done just that. The superhighway is now paved and we’re rolling on it. His being named to the Premier 100 IT Leaders solidifies his leadership position and enhances South Carolina’s status as poised for economic growth.”

At Clemson, Pepin is responsible for leading the development of large-scale networks and high-performance computing systems used for computation-intensive research. He directs the vision for Clemson’s information-technology architecture and the comprehensive strategy of the computing and information-technology portfolio.

During his tenure at Clemson he has orchestrated a team of experts to transform Clemson’s computing and information-technology infrastructure. Through these collaborative efforts, Clemson has moved from outside the top 500 computing sites in the world to a No. 60 ranking.

Featured in Storage Magazine, Pepin and other experts at Clemson developed a low-cost storage condominium cluster, a novel approach that enables diverse configurations to address unique user specifications. Pepin led a major upgrade of Clemson’s primary data center, a 21,000-square-foot facility that is a national model for data-center management and includes a state-of-the art network operations center. 

He guided Clemson’s network upgrade, increasing the campus network capacity five-fold. The Clemson network is a founding piece of South Carolina’s regional optical network, connecting to national fiber networks including Internet 2.

The Premier 100 awards ceremony will be one of the highlights of Computerworld’s annual Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference in March in Arizona. The conference, to be attended by more than 375 influential senior information-technology executives, will showcase honorees and other innovators as they discuss how to create competitive information-technology organizations.


About Clemson
Ranked No. 22 among national public universities, Clemson University is a major land-grant, science- and engineering-oriented research university that maintains a strong commitment to teaching and student success. Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit and a competitive drive to excel.

About the Premier 100 and Computerworld
The Premier 100 was first created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who have had a positive impact on their organization through technology. These are individuals who manage internal information-technology organizations; mentor and motivate their information-technolgy teams and business colleagues; create a positive work environment; envision innovative solutions to business challenges; and effectively manage and execute information-technolgy strategies. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to receive this lifetime recognition award. Computerworld is a leading source of technology news and information for information-technolgy influencers worldwide. 

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