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Murali is nominee for top executive

March 31, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's Viji Murali, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, is one of 16 nominees from some of the Midwest's leading business and nonprofit organizations for the 2006 Information Security Executive of the Year Central Award.

The winner of the award, as well as the finalists, will be announced April 20 at the ISE Central Executive Forum and Award Gala in Dallas. The event is designed to honor the nation's leaders in the field of information security.

Nominees from the nation's central region include CIOs or information security executives from such companies as American Electric Power, Dow Chemical, General Motors, Nationwide Insurance and Procter & Gamble, as well as their counterparts with the state of Michigan, a number of major health care organizations and three other universities.

The winner and finalists will be selected using criteria that include effectiveness in leadership, developing innovative solutions, and mentoring and motivating staff members. The ISE award program series, organized by Executive Alliance Inc., is the largest and most widely recognized program for IT security executives. The series includes awards for six regions around the United States as well as an overall national award.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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