Bud Hunt is Poudre College District’s new chief expertise officer (previously titled government director of Info Know-how). He begins within the position on July 18.
He’ll oversee the district’s Info Know-how Division, which offers IT assist to employees and college students; manages the district’s digital infrastructure; coordinates buying and upkeep of district gadgets; manages cybersecurity; and far more.
A at the moment licensed trainer, Hunt has expertise working on the state and nationwide ranges and believes in creating the most effective studying experiences for college kids. It’s one thing he has performed as a trainer, facilitator, supervisor, “IT man” and educational coach.
“The pandemic has proven us that faculty isn’t just the buildings – it is the folks and the gadgets,” he stated. “IT must be there to attach folks to wherever the training expertise is perhaps,” no matter a faculty or scholar’s location.
Along with valuing good stewardship of cash and sources, Hunt is supportive of the Digital Fairness Act of 2021 that helps state-led efforts for the adoption of broadband. With digital fairness, he stated, “The ground is connecting folks to the web. The ceiling is ensuring that everybody is usually a full participant in group life,” whether or not that’s via entry to details about jobs and well being or exploration and discovery of pursuits and passions.
Coming into the job, Hunt’s prime priorities are cybersecurity and the way PSD’s IT infrastructure retains folks secure; defending district knowledge and the well being of PSD’s restoration programs; and guaranteeing “most up time for providers and instruments that households and colleges depend upon.” He believes in making challenges and alternatives seen and discussable; open and frank dialogue; and approaching every little thing as a trainer as a result of “lecturers assist folks perceive how issues work and assist folks do issues they didn’t assume they might do.”
Others see that amongst Hunt’s strengths.
“Bud is an instructionally minded chief who will additional amplify PSD’s use of expertise to enhance educating and studying,” stated Superintendent Brian Kingsley. “Entry to expertise is one factor, but it surely’s one other factor completely to assist employees and college students as they learn to use expertise with function. That work has been performed in PSD and may proceed to be strengthened, in the end main to raised scholar outcomes.”
Hunt served most lately because the director of Tasks and Initiatives on the State Academic Know-how Administrators Affiliation, the place he labored with key companions to advocate for extra state and native sources for Okay-12 cybersecurity wants. He has additionally labored because the IT and technical providers supervisor for the Clearview Library District; an educational technologist in St. Vrain Valley College District; and a Language Arts trainer at Olde Columbine Excessive College.
He holds a bachelor’s diploma in English Literature and grasp’s in English Training from Colorado State College. Hunt and his spouse Tiffany, a Poudre Excessive College trainer, have three daughters who attend PSD colleges. The self-proclaimed comedian guide nerd enjoys being exterior and grilling or smoking. “I’m an enormous fan of an excellent brisket,” he stated.
Hunt has “all the time admired what PSD is attempting to do for youths” and stated the time is true to hitch the house group to “construct one thing nice that’s long-term.”
“I’ve worn numerous hats in training, and I’m glad to carry all these experiences into desirous about infrastructure for college kids, lecturers, and employees,” he stated.