Rhonda Barker of Panama City is Gulf Coast State College's new CIO of Information Technology Services. Barker is no stranger to the College as she began her tenure at Gulf Coast as an adjunct professor in the mid-80s and has been with GCSC full-time since 2000. She's served as director of the Gulf/Franklin Campus in Port St. Joe and taught in the Business & Technology Division. She assumed her current responsibilities April 1 and oversees the wide range of computer solutions for faculty, staff and students.
"The CIO position is critical to our College, especially with the ever-changing technology everywhere in our society and the growing emphasis on it in our classrooms," said GCSC President Dr. Jim Kerley. "We have to have the right person to keep abreast of the technology and we're pleased to promote someone from within the institution who has the background in the classroom and IT. I'm convinced Rhonda will do a superb job in this challenging position."
Since July 2010, Barker has been involved in the massive College-wide administrative system implementation called the Lighthouse Project, requiring the transfer of all data from the old system to the new.
"We completed Phase 1 in about 18 months, and we've talked to one school that still hasn't finished in six years. It's a daunting job, but we have to make sure the information is correct for every student, faculty and staff member," Barker said. "Every computer, every program, every telephone, the locks on every door – it all comes through IT."