Clark Atlanta University’s Chief Information Officer receives recognition for Technology Leadership


Atlanta, GA (November 4, 2022) – Clark Atlanta University’s Chief Information Officer, Charles Cooper, is a corporate finalist for the 2022 Georgia CIO of the Year Orbie Awards, an annual awards program honoring chief information officers who have exemplified excellence and innovation in the technology industry. Mr. Cooper is responsible for the university's strategic vision and execution of information technology.  

“Information Technology equals innovation. It is the foundation of business operations as it provides ways to complete tasks in an automated, fast, and effective fashion”, said Dr. George T. French Jr., Clark Atlanta University President. “IT provides ways to access data in real-time while protecting the integrity of the data. Mr. Cooper has been integral in maintaining the probity of the university’s data through restructuring and transforming our system’s processes. His accomplishments include safeguarding IT systems within the organization to ensure security compliance, implementing a robust risk management /cyber security program to reduce overall risk, and much more. We are extremely proud that he is being recognized for his achievements.

The event will take place on Friday, November 4th, 2022, at 2 Galleria Parkway SE, Atlanta, Georgia, from 7:15 am – 10:30 am. For more information on the event, visit


About Clark Atlanta University

Clark Atlanta University was formed with the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, both of which hold unique places in the annals of African American history. Atlanta University, established in 1865 by the American Missionary Association, was the nation’s first institution to award graduate degrees to African Americans. Clark College, established four years later in 1869, was the nation’s first four-year liberal arts college to serve a primarily African American student population. Today, with nearly 4,000 students, CAU is the largest of the four institutions (CAU, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Morehouse School of Medicine) that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium. It is also the largest of the 37-member UNCF institutions. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank

Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit