SCC welcomes Chief Information Officer

Published: 04/14/2017

SCC welcomed Chad Shepherd as the college’s next Chief Information Officer April 3. This position has responsibility for Administrative Computing, Network Computing, Distance and Online Learning Support and Technology Support.

“Chad is an accomplished IT leader with extensive experience in deploying strategic technology solutions that improve the teaching and learning environment,” said Todd Galbierz, vice president for administrative services. “He believes in collaborating with campus colleagues to reach emerging technologies and implement solutions that yield the greatest benefit to the institution.”

The position continues to serve as a member of the President's Cabinet.

17-0410-SCC-CShepherd-020-Edit-2-768x350Chris Shepherd, SCC chief information officer

With more than 25 years of technology and management experience, Shepherd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electronics technology from the University of Central Missouri. Before joining SCC, Shepherd led the Information Technology Division at St. Louis College of Pharmacy for 15 years. As their vice president for information technology, chief information officer, Shepherd oversaw a complete refresh of the campus technology infrastructure including the network infrastructure, classroom technologies, telecommunications systems, security electronics and public websites. During his tenure, Shepherd directed the implementation of a student notebook program where every incoming student received a college-owned notebook computer. The notebook computer program garnered national attention for its early adoption of high speed wireless networking and tablet-based computing technologies.

Prior to working at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Shepherd managed several departments at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, the largest rental car company in North America, and had the distinction of creating a large second-level support department that dramatically improved responsiveness and customer service in support of more than 4,500 locations and 50,000 employees worldwide. He also directed the efforts of employees engaged in redesigning the entire company’s client/server environment to provide a more cost effective, scalable and flexible technology infrastructure.

Shepherd also previously served as the director of computing services at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (Now A.T. Still University) and manager of systems operations (MIS manager) at Data Systems International. In both positions, he held the senior technology management position within the company and directed all functions of information technology.

Shepherd is an avid bicyclist averaging 3,000+ miles a year and is a performance car enthusiast with experience building, tuning and racing 800+ HP turbocharged automobiles. He enjoys spending time with his wife, eight children and three grandchildren.

"Mr. Shepherd brings a vast array of knowledge and experience to SCC,” said SCC President Barbara Kavalier, Ph.D. “I look forward to working with him to continue strengthening technology at SCC.” 

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