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Hugo Alvarez, CTO, Nova Southeastern University Elected Chair of the South Florida Digital Alliance

NSU's Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the South Florida Digital Alliance, Hugo Alvarez.

FT. LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, FLA — Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Hugo Alvarez, CTO has been elected as Chair of the South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) at the annual membership meeting held on March 14, 2013.

Alvarez will serve as Chairman of the South Florida Digital Alliance, working along with a distinguished group of colleagues to bring digital access to all communities.

Alvarez serves as Chief Technology Officer at Nova Southeastern University.  He is responsible for overseeing the development and integration of information systems that provide the foundation and support of the student experience, from virtual classrooms to online seminars and administrative portals.

Prior to joining NSU, Alvarez was the Executive Director for Academic Systems development at Kaplan Higher Education, and CIO at Bank Atlantic in Fort Lauderdale, where he received the 2008 CIO of the year award from the South Florida Business Journal, and at Marsh Inc. for its Latin American division in Miami.  Prior to this, he was a managing director for AIG and a vice president at Chase Manhattan both in New York.

Alvarez earned his MBA in finance and international business from the Stern School of Business at New York University.  In addition, he holds an M.S. degree in computer science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.E. in electrical engineering from The City College of New York.

“As the winner of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 Best Technology Organization Award, the South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) is no longer the best kept secret in South Florida. Thus, it is my great pleasure to pass the Chairmanship of the SFDA Board of Directors on to Hugo Alvarez, CTO of Nova Southeastern University, who is very talented and uniquely positioned to lead SFDA into its next stage of planned growth and new programs,” said Jackie Zelman, immediate past chair of SFDA and continuing Board Member.

The South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) is an unprecedented collaboration of South Florida leaders dedicated to closing the digital divide by bringing robust, next generation high speed internet and network services to homes, community organizations and businesses in South Florida.  The Alliance’s mission is to create technology infrastructure and services that will advance economic development and individual empowerment to improve our community’s quality of life. The Alliance is working to link people with online services that will help close the digital divide. Increasing broadband connectivity will provide access to a wider range of goods and services at more competitive prices. The SFDA initiative is designed to connect anchor institutions with members of the South Florida community, for the delivery of healthcare, education, government and business services that will positively impact our region, improve public safety, and attract and retain businesses that create jobs in the digital economy.

I am looking forward to working together to influence change and being prepared to take full advantage of the opportunities that my work with SFDA will bring,”  said Alvarez.

ABOUT NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY: Situated on 300 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels. NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with more than 28,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it’s one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.

ABOUT THE SOUTH FLORIDA DIGITAL ALLIANCE: Established in 2009, the South Florida Digital Alliance, formerly known as Miami-Dade Broadband Coalition, is an unprecedented collaboration of diverse South Florida entities representing government, health care, education, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. Its shared goal is to increase South Florida’s economic competitiveness through the support of digital literacy programs and the elimination of the “digital divide”, especially in the underserved areas of the community. The mission of the SFDA is to transform the community through the promotion of digital literacy and the adoption of affordable broadband access by all citizens of South Florida. What makes the Alliance unique are its members: anchor institutions and businesses working together toward the organization’s common goals. For more information, please visit

To request and coordinate an interview with Mr. Alvarez, South Florida Digital Alliance chair, other members of SFDA’s board of directors, and/or the group’s executive director, Jim Osteen, please call 305-371-0340 x 2 or email .



Arquimedes Trujillo
South Florida Digital Alliance
(305) 371-0340 Ext 2

Julie Spechler
NSU Office of Public Affairs
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