CLEMSON — Kevin McKenzie, chief information security officer at Clemson University, has been named the North America Information Security Executive of the Year for the Public & Academic Sector by the Tech Exec Network (TEN).

Kevin McKenzie

Kevin McKenzie

“I am a very blessed and fortunate person,” said McKenzie, moments after receiving the award at the North America Leadership Summit and Awards in Washington, D.C. “I have got great guys in my group supporting me and we have some very talented members in our organization that make awards like this possible. Together, they do the impossible job of making me look good. I couldn’t be successful without everyone doing their part.”

McKenzie, executive director of Clemson’s Office of Information Security and Privacy, has been honored with prestigious awards three times this year: the 2013 ISE Southeast Executive Award sponsored by TEN, an Americas Information Security Leadership Award in the Senior Information Security Professional Category and the latest TEN award.

The ISE North America Leadership Summit and Awards recognize the information security executives and their teams who demonstrate outstanding leadership in risk management, data asset protection, regulatory compliance, privacy and network security.

“Over the last year, he significantly increased the security posture of Clemson University while generating diverse revenue streams by providing information security officer resources to multiple external agencies,” the ISE said of McKenzie on its website. “A proven team builder, Dr. McKenzie’s leadership style is one of empowerment and accountability. A firm believer in building trust and allowing autonomy, he encourages his team to be independent thinkers with achievable goals. He applauds their willingness to try new things and their relentless efforts to work with others to find creative and flexible solutions to unique problems while protecting and respecting the needs of the user.”

McKenzie, who, as an adjunct professor in addition to his information security responsibilities, teaches information systems at Clemson’s Greenville location, has spent the better part of his adulthood as a member of the Tiger Family. Besides being a part of the university’s information technology division for 18 years, he earned his bachelor’s degree in management, master’s degree in industrial management and Ph.D. in career and technology education at Clemson.