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CIO, Los Angeles Community College District
Career accomplishment I'm most proud of: Hosting a national conference on information technology.
Most important career influencer: My first boss, Mary Ann Breckell, VP of administrative services. She served as a role model for my style of leadership and management. She always preached team building, and her emphasis on management as a partner in helping staff achieve their potential and the concepts of loyalty and integrity have proven invaluable.
The federal government's top technology priority be ... to explore all and adopt many of the optimization measures that private industry has pioneered. There's no need to start from scratch when many great minds have paved a path that can be emulated. From this analysis can come cost savings and improved services that would benefit the entire country.
Kids and technology careers: I wouldn't steer kids in a particular direction. If they're interested in a career path, I'd provide them with as much knowledge as I possess and let them determine that it's right for them. I'd encourage my children to find something that they're passionate about and become great at it.
On The Job
Size of IT team: About 60
How I measure IT effectiveness: We have the traditional metrics and key performance indicators that revolve around dollars. In addition, we include measures such as student success and initiatives that address our core mission.
Favorite president: Teddy Roosevelt--you have to admire his style
Biggest business-related pet peeve: People who don't know our business telling us our business
Business leader I'd like to have lunch with: Google's Eric Schmidt
If I weren't a CIO, I'd be ... CEO