Anne A. Armstrong, the editor of a national computer weekly based in Falls Church, has beaten out more than 300 other applicants to become the new president of the state-supported Center for Innovative Technology in Northern Virginia, officials said today.
Armstrong, 56, will succeed Robert G. Templin, of Alexandria, who was the center's president from 1994--when Democrats still exerted considerable influence on the board--until April, a little more than a year after Gov. James S. Gilmore III (R) took office.
The center's 15-member board that selected Armstrong now includes several staunch Gilmore allies, including three members of his Cabinet: Technology Secretary Donald W. Upson, Commerce and Trade Secretary Barry DuVal and Education Secretary Wilbert Bryant. Upson and Bryant hail from Northern Virginia.
Sudhakar V. Shenoy, chairman and chief executive officer of McLean-based Information Management Consultants Inc. and an early Gilmore supporter in the 1997 governor's race, is vice chairman of the center's board, which also includes William B. Allen, a Gilmore ally and executive director of the State Council of Higher Education.
Armstrong, whose selection is scheduled to be formally announced Monday, "is very capable, very qualified," said Jerry L. Hill, a member of the board and a software company executive in South Boston, Va., who sat in on her job interview.
"We're very lucky to have somebody with her dynamics," Hill added. "She understands southern Virginia and Northern Virginia. My gracious, she's really well rounded."
More than 330 resumes were sent to the center by applicants for the president's job, he said.
Armstrong became editor in chief of Federal Computer Week in September 1992, after working 21 months as the publication's managing editor.
Armstrong, a member of the staff since the weekly's launch in 1987, has had a 25-year journalism career, including technology writing for magazines published by the University of Virginia (Gilmore's alma mater) and Johns Hopkins University.
Federal Computer Week has about 85,000 subscribers who want news about how U.S. government agencies use information technology.
The center, headquartered in a futuristic building in the Dulles high-tech corridor, was founded in the early 1980s, when U.S. Sen. Charles S. Robb (D) was governor. The center spent more than $100 million during its first decade to develop Virginia's standing as a high-tech state. It seeks to promote research, to attract high-tech companies and workers and to link technology companies with educational institutions.
From time to time, the center's spending levels have troubled Democrats and Republicans alike, but in recent years, center presidents such as former governor A. Linwood Holton Jr. (R) have helped give it a measure of stability.
Armstrong could not be reached for comment today.