LOS ANGELES (March 19, 2014) - Ronald “Ron” S. Chandler, chief information officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District, recently was named among the top 100 communications technology professionals nationwide by IDG’s Computerworld magazine.
The twice-monthly publication identified him as a Premier 100 Information Technology leader. The annual awards honor executives for their innovative approaches to business challenges, and for their exceptional leadership, in managing, mentoring and motivating others. Chandler was the only executive named in this year’s list from a public school district.
His latest award, in a celebrated career, rates among Chandler’s most meaningful achievements. “I’d like to thank Computerworld for this recognition. This award is an honor not only for me, but for my colleagues and for L.A. Unified. It reflects the passion we all share for serving this District, especially the children.”
Chandler, 52, oversees the Information Technology Division for the nation’s second-largest school district, with more than 600,000 students and 1,244 schools and centers. Currently, he heads an effort to provide a computing device for every student and teacher—the largest effort of its kind in U.S. history.
In addition, he is revamping major enterprise systems and infrastructure for L.A. Unified. With approximately 600 Information Technology staff members and while managing a $475 million budget, his department helps the District support its goal of making every student college-prepared and career-ready.
Chandler came to L.A. Unified from the Oakland Unified School District where he served in a similar role. While in the Bay Area, he also founded NMA Consulting, a technology advisory firm.
Before his transition to the public sector, he was the chief information officer and senior
vice president at Irwin Union Bank, headquartered in Indiana and located in 10 other states. Spending more than 20 years as a management consultant, he specialized in technology and organizational strategy. Before his career in leading Information Technology organizations, Chandler was a design engineer for avionics systems on the F-16 and A-12 aircrafts.
Chandler earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern University, and an MBA (with a concentration on Corporate Strategy and Systems Management) from the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan. Graduating from Brooklyn Technical High School in New York where he was raised, he is the son of an elementary school teacher. Today, he ranks among the top information technology professionals in the nation.
The competition was stiff, as the magazine received more than 1,000 nominees. They provided three references, who were contacted by the magazine’s editors, and included the responses in each candidate’s evaluation.
Then, contenders were asked to answer detailed questions about their background; work experience; special accomplishments; leadership styles; technology priorities; strategies and other specifics about the working climate they have cultivated in their organizations.
These answers were matched by criteria to the magazine’s definition of an Information Technology leader. From a list of more than 200 finalists, a judging panel of past winners deemed Chandler and others this year’s winners.
“The Premier 100 awards program, now in its 15th year, shines a well-deserved spotlight on a group of talented, creative and hard-working men and women,” said Scot Finnie, editor-in-chief, Computerworld. “These executives are driving technology innovation in business, education and government across the country and around the world.
"Technology advances quickly, and these leaders excel at keeping pace with the changing needs of customers and employees, and making fast technology decisions that map to their organizations' top priorities. They have developed a deep bench of talented IT staffers at their organizations and managed to keep their own skills fresh by constantly mastering new technologies and processes. We are privileged to recognize the leadership and achievements of the 2014 Premier 100 honorees."
The magazine celebrated the winners at an awards ceremony in Tucson, Ariz.
Contact: Daryl Strickland (213) 241-6766