Versailles, Ky. Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) vice president Paul Czarapata has been named one of Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders for 2017.

This award honors individuals who have had a positive impact on their organization through technology. Honored individuals manage internal IT organizations, mentor and motivate their IT teams with interesting challenges, envision innovative solutions to business problems and effectively manage and execute IT strategies.

I am humbled and honored to be included with such a group of distinguished technologists, Czarapata said. While my name may be on the list, this is really a celebration for everyone involved in our projects across the KCTCS system.

Czarapata joined KCTCS in 1999 as director of Enterprise Systems, was named chief technology officer in 2007 and became vice president and chief information officer in 2011. He earned a bachelors degree in operations management and information systems from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, a masters degree in business administration from Morehead State University and a doctorate in instruction technology leadership also from Morehead State University.

This is the 18th year for Computerworld's Premier 100 Technology Leaders program and Czarapata joins 1,700 honoree alumni.A list of 2017 honorees will be published in a special issue of Computerworld's Digital Magazine in March 2017.