Aims Community College: What is a day in the life of a Chief Technology Officer like for you?
Brad Yoder: As the CTO, I need to be ready to work with any constituency within the Aims community, at any time. Whether it be academics, services, operations or community relations there is a technology component that helps empower the college to do it's work. At one end of the scale I may be working, with the IT team, on ensuring technology works day to day. On the other end of the scale I'll work with college stakeholders to define future technology strategies that align with the college's strategic goals. It is a busy role that provides diverse and exciting challenges.
ACC: What makes your department the best?
BY: The staff. They are at the core of all we do and without their expertise, energy and collaboration, we could not achieve the things we do.
ACC: What makes a student successful?
BY: Success is a personal measurement. It may be individual growth, completing a degree or certificate, transferring to further their education, or something else. The beauty of Aims is that it has the capacity to help a student achieve that success as he or she defines it.
ACC: What is your proudest achievement?
BY: My proudest achievement is learning to have the courage to take advantage of opportunities, especially when it wasn't comfortable. This continues to allow me to check off bucket list items both personally and professionally.
ACC: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
BY: Travel has been a passion for years. I also enjoy many outdoor activities and binge watching television shows.
ACC: Best thing about being a Chief Technology Officer?
BY: Having the opportunity to make a positive difference in people's lives. It's a great challenge and, in this role, can happen in many different ways.