Bill Balint, Indiana University of
Pennsylvania’s Chief Technology Officer with more than a quarter-century of
service to his alma mater, has been named the winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Chief
Information Officer of the Year Award (education division).
The announcement was made April 21, 2016 during
the annual Pittsburgh Technology Council awards ceremony at Pittsburgh’s Heinz
Field, with more than 700 people in attendance. Balint was one of three
finalists in the education division, which is given jointly by the Pittsburgh
Technology Council and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group.
Balint was nominated for the award by
Dr. Timothy Moerland, IUP’s provost and vice president for academic affairs.
“It’s wonderful that Bill received
this award,” Moerland said. “We all know that Bill and the Information
Technology team here are absolutely terrific, and it’s great to see that is it
is recognized outside the IUP community as well.”
Finalists are selected by the Greater
Pittsburgh CIO Group and a steering committee comprised of PTC member
companies. Past finalists include executives from companies of all sizes,
non-profits, and education, according to the Pittsburgh Technology Council.
“It was very much unexpected,” Balint
said. “I’m humbled because I honestly had no expectation of winning. I actually
play a relatively small role within IT Services. Each person who works there
has a job description, and it just so happens to be that my job description is
CIO. So this is a big reflection on all the people in the department.”
Balint has been IUP’s Chief
Information Officer since 2006. He has worked at the university since 1989, a
year after he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He
started out as a systems analyst and worked his way to his current post, where
he helps oversee all technological needs of IUP’s faculty, students and staff.
Balint is the 2015 Emeriti Award
recipient at the Pennsylvania Banner User Group conference, recognized for his
voluntary service to the group. He was a founding member of the user group in
1999. In fall 2015, he coordinated a the first-ever cybersecurity track for the
Health, Safety, Security and Environmental Conference and Exhibition, sponsored
by the American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad and Tobago. In 2014, he was
selected by “Campus Technology” magazine to present “Building a Campus-Wide
Cybersecurity Awareness Program Without Breaking the Bank” at the national
The biggest challenge of his work,
Balint said, is keeping up with the ever-changing times.
“The rate at which things change is
very rapid,” he said. “The technology changes from one class to the next, so
when you bring in a couple thousand new freshmen every year, you’re dealing
with a lot of changes. We estimate that 50 percent of our resources are now
spent on technology that didn’t exist in 2010. So that tells you how quickly
As much as Balint is part of the IUP
family, IUP is also part of the Balint family.
Both of his parents, Bill and Shirley
Balint; his wife, Amy (Evans); his three children, Bill, Brandon and Julie;
plus his father-in-law, Harold Evans; and his daughter-in law, Elizabeth Balint,
have all graduated from the university. The nine alumni, combined, have earned
12 degrees from IUP.
“To win it as an IUP employee was the
best part of the entire thing,” he said. “It wouldn’t have meant as much to me
if it was with someone else.”
Watch his video introduction at the awards ceremony.