VP, Information Technology
I started working at Broward College 35 years ago as a
student intern in the data processing center at central campus. I was hired as a full-time programmer after
completing my internship and obtaining my associates degree in computer science.
I had a number of different titles as I progressed through my career in
Information Technology and am currently the Vice President for Information
Technology and Chief Information Officer.
Support student, faculty and employee success by
providing technology solutions and services that are innovative, engaging and
relevant for tomorrow’s workforce. The
job provides college-wide strategic technology planning and oversight for “all
things technology”, including the network infrastructure, web site, project
management, application integration, classroom/desktop support, printing,
Workday, MyBC, CID and unified communications (voice, video, and email
What does diversity and inclusion mean to you? How do you promote it? Diversity and inclusion
to me means respecting differences across social identities not individual
people. Innovations resulting from science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) fields have positively touched nearly every aspect of human
life, regardless of their race/ethnicity, gender, nationality, religious
affiliation, sexual orientation or socioeconomic background. At Broward
College, we are cultivating talent,
and promoting the full inclusion of excellence across the social spectrum to prepare
students for those high-demand and high-wage STEM careers.
Having lived my entire life in Broward County, I have
witnessed many positive changes over the years as it relates to a more
inclusive culture in all facets of education and government in our extremely
diverse community. I truly value the opportunity to learn from our diverse
population and providing opportunities to those underserved or
under-represented in the technology field.
The IT team promotes diversity and inclusion at the
college in many ways. Our hiring practices for full-time and part-time staff
consistently requires a diverse pool of applicants with a focus on equity. We
continue to reach out and solicit new potential diverse hires from staffing
agencies, as well as provide opportunities to diverse students who are looking
for internships. It’s not just about gender equity, it is about equal
opportunity across the social continuum. In addition, the vendors we ultimately
do business with are often selected because of their small, minority and
women-owned business enterprise status in addition to meeting the criteria of
technology and professional excellence we expect.
Our technology staff participate in many professional
development opportunities that continue to expose them to new ideas and ways to
help our students and staff with assistive and adaptive devices needed for
accommodation with the technologies we deliver. Accessibility and usability of
our online presence is very critical. A website and learning environment that
works for everyone allows us to reach our customers more effectively and
improve retention and success metrics across the social continuum.
Dream Partner for Lunch – Lionel Messi
Favorite Book – N/A.
Last Book Read – The Wolf in CIO’s Clothing, Tina Nunno
Favorite TV Shows – Law and Order, HGTV and Disney Channel
Favorite Song – Don’t Blink – Kenny Chesney
Hobbies – All sports, boating, fishing and spending time with my
Favorite Quote – Say what you
mean, mean what you say, but don’t say anything mean.
Fantasy Career – Designing homes for the energy efficient future