A Texas Tech employee has won a statewide award.

Sam Segran, associate vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer for the University, has been awarded the 2012 Texas Public Sector Chief Information Officer of the Year Award.

Segran was nominated by Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance for the award.

Segran began at Texas Tech in 1983, and has worked toward Tech’s cybersecurity awareness program known as the “Safe Computing Practices” campaign.

Tech has also recognized Segran for his work toward cost-saving activities for the University by implementing a sustained efficiencies program that has delivered annual savings in the millions.

“This award is truly an honor,” said Segran. “It is overwhelming and humbling at the same time. It really reflects many years of dedicated, outstanding work by our IT employees and my senior staff at Texas Tech University.”

Segran was honored at the 2012 Chief Information Officer Academy in Austin, and he will be featured in “Public CIO Magazine.”