Joanne R. Hugi
The Hugi Award Program was established to honor former NWACC board chair Joanne Hugi. Hugi, who retired in 2004 from her position as chief technology officer at the University of Oregon, was a central force in establishing NWACC programs and promoting IT efforts in the region that were of the highest caliber. Never one to shrink from a challenge, Hugi demonstrated a 'shoot-from-the-hip' persistence that was dedicated to the creative application of technology for the common good of higher education in the Pacific NorthWest.
Hugi began her career at the University of Oregon in 1971 with a joint appointment in the Computer Science Department and the UO Computing Center. Under her leadership, the University of Oregon earned substantial recognition for its achievements in technology, including the CAUSE Award for Excellence in Campus Networking (1996), the NII Networking Award (1996), and designation in the "top ten list" of America's 100 Most Wired Colleges by Yahoo!/Internet Life (1997 & 1998).
Hugi received a bachelor's degree (1965) in business administration from the University of Connecticut and a master's degree (1971) in computer science, business, and education from the University of Oregon. She served on the Oregon Telecommunications Forum Council and the Southern Willamette Valley Research Corridor Telecommunications Subcommittee.
Hugi joined the NWACC Board in 1994, was elected to the Executive Committee in 1995, chaired the Grant Committee in 1998-99, was elected vice chair of the Board 1996 - 1999, and served as chair of the Board from 1999 to 2004. She provided exemplary leadership for NWACC through its transitional years, following the sale of NorthWestNet.