Anne S. Agee, 2009 Honoree

Vice provost for IT and CIO
University of Massachusetts
First job:
"Weighing trucks at my father's asphalt company."
What do you love about IT?
"There's a new challenge every day."
Passion outside of work:
Genealogy research
What's in your MP3 player?
Paul Simon, The Beach Boys and Yo-Yo Ma
Twenty years ago, I was ...
"Teaching American literature."
Favorite movie:
The Lord of the Rings -- all three parts
What about you would surprise the people who you work with?
"I am a poet."
Leadership philosophy in a nutshell:
"Put people first. Create a compelling vision of where you want the organization to go. Build a collaborative environment. Celebrate what is working well, and you'll get more of it."
"Aha" leadership moment:
"You need technical skills to play in the IT arena, but you need the soft skills to win. Technical skills grow old, and there's a new technology every day that you'll probably never master. But the ability to communicate and build relationships is really
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