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Ballard Named Technology Director at Harris County Department of Education
Press Release
Friday, August 31, 2018

Aug. 31, 2018 - Technology leader Lowell Ballard has been named the new director of Technology Support Services at Harris County Department of Education.  

With more than 25 years of technology experience, Ballard’s strengths include information technology (IT) strategy, IT security/disaster recovery and business intelligence. The Spring, Texas resident most recently served as the chief information officer at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, where he coordinated university-wide IT initiatives in a high-growth environment. 

Ballard holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in information systems from George Mason University. He is also a certified Information Systems Security Professional and holds a number of additional leadership and management certifications. 

About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides special education, therapy services, early education, adult education and after-school programming. Services are funded by government grants, fees and a local property tax of approximately $9 per homeowner. For every dollar in local property tax collected, HCDE provides $4.40 in services to the 25 Harris County school districts. We operate four campuses for students with profound special education needs and adjudicated or recovering youth who require a low, student-teacher ratio and highly structured environment. One-hundred percent of students served on HCDE campuses are at-risk. We are governed by an elected board of seven trustees and have 1,076 employees and 33 facilities, including 15 Head Start centers. More info at

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