University of Wisconsin–Madison
Bruce Maas portrait

Maas to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

University of Wisconsin – Madison CIO and Vice Provost for Information Technology Bruce Maas is receiving Fusion CEO-CIO 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for 42 years serving higher education IT in Wisconsin and worldwide. The first-time Award will be conveyed by Mike Klein, CEO and Editorial Director of WTN Media, producer of the symposium. The award presentation takes place at the Fusion Symposium, March 23 at the Monona Terrace in Madison.

Bruce will deliver the luncheon keynote, “Don’t Sit on the Sidelines.” He will share observations on the unique opportunity for the business community to partner with UW-Madison to develop the next generation of security and other high demand professionals, and keep them in-state.

“Bruce is deeply committed to education and research as strives to keep the UW among the top universities in the world,” said David Cagigal, CIO for the State of Wisconsin. “Collectively, the State and UW spend more than a billion dollars on Information Technology to serve our constituents. I believe our partnership leverages our investments in an effective and efficient manner, with accountability.”

Bruce is retiring on April 28, after 42 years of service in higher education, having established a legacy of re-engagement at national and international levels. He helped lead the engagement between the IT organization and researchers and faculty that significantly advanced the mission of the UW-Madison.

“I want to thank Bruce for his many years of service to the UW-Madison and System campuses,” said Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf. “His collaborative approach has set the tone for us to blend feedback and operations to efficiently support the work of the University.”

“Bruce represents the best in what IT leaders can and should strive to become,” adds Steve Cretney, CIO at Colony Brands. “His work for the UW – Madison represents excellence in leadership, collaboration, and innovation. Because of his contributions and commitment, our community of current and future IT leaders is stronger and better prepared for what lies ahead.”

Bruce grew up in rural Wisconsin and as a first-generation college graduate, he finds that that has helped him relate to other governmental and business leaders who often have similar backgrounds. His diverse roles include University Budget Manager, Assistant Dean for Business Affairs, and PeopleSoft Student System Executive Project Manager. He also spent 7 years as CIO UW-Milwaukee. He is nationally recognized leader in higher education having served a Director, Faculty Chair and a EDUCAUSE Board Chair.

Tom Still, President of the Wisconsin Technology Council commented, “In ways that went far beyond his duties as the chief information officer at UW-Madison and the UW-Milwaukee, Bruce Maas contributed mightily to building the overall IT infrastructure of Wisconsin. He fully embraces that ‘The Wisconsin Idea’ is alive and well, especially when it comes to pushing the boundaries of cyber-space.”