What is your job title?
I’m the Assistant Director for Systems Administration and Support at the MSU College of Law.
How long have you been at MSU?
I started working in the basement of the Hannah Administration building in the AIS department (now known as IT Services) on January 3rd, 1989. I have worked for various administrative and academic groups on campus over the last 30 years.
Have you been a member of the APA the whole time?
No. I was promoted to an APA position during my time in the former Animal Health Diagnostic Labs, but moved to a non-union position when I joined the MSU College of Law in 2001. Now that all Law College staff have become full university employees, I find myself back in the union again.
What department do you work in, and can you tell me a little bit about what you do?
I am primarily responsible for IT infrastructure for the MSU College of Law. I run and maintain networks, servers, and security systems for Law College computing, as well as support our internal help desk for faculty, staff, and student technology needs.
What brought you to your job at MSU?
I was struggling to work full time and work on a degree part-time. A friend mentioned a job opening, and I applied in the hope of staying long enough to qualify for some educational assistance. MSU turned out to be a good fit for me.
What do you enjoy most about working at MSU?
I have always loved that no matter where I work on campus, I am never very far from a garden, park, or other beautiful outdoor space.
What do you like to do when you are not at work?
We do a bit of camping in the summers in my family, and I have recently rediscovered cycling. I also admit to being both a video gamer and a fan of table top role playing games. My wife and teenage son keep me busy when I am not at work!
In high school I was known for … computers, choir, and drama club.
People would be surprised to know I am skilled at … music. I sang tenor in high school, and even attended a state choir competition. I grew up playing violin, and have since learned piano, mandolin, recorder, and small harp. I freely admit to being out of practice on all of them!
I have … (pets) a black cat named Suki.
I like … almost every genre of… music.