Feb 4th, 2013 @ 10:29 am | Author: Dr. Steve Shirley
As outlined in one of these columns a few months ago, VCSU began a new tradition this academic year of recognizing the valuable contributions of staff members with the implementation of an "Employee of the Quarter" program. Each quarter, a member of VCSU's staff will be selected as the outstanding employee. Staff members are nominated by their peers and selected by a panel comprised of a student, staff member, and professor. In addition to recognizing those selected with this award on-campus and presenting them with a plaque and gift, I am using this column to introduce you to the awardees.

This quarter's recipient of the VCSU Employee of the Quarter award is Brad Mills. Brad is a native of rural Velva, ND, and currently serves as VCSU's Director of Enterprise Applications. Prior to VCSU, Brad worked at the North Dakota State Hospital and Goodrich, Inc., both in Jamestown. Brad initially began his career at VCSU in 1999 as a computer systems analyst, and was promoted to his current position in 2006.

As the Director of Enterprise Applications, Brad has responsibility for most enterprise level software systems at VCSU. This includes the VCSU website, the Blackboard online learning system, and related systems for student retention, course evaluation, lecture recording, and live online collaboration. Brad also manages user network accounts, which involves providing access to Blackboard, email, and related systems. Brad shares these duties with two other staff he supervises, along with student workers that frequently work in the Enterprise Applications office.

When asked what gets Brad excited to come to work, he replied, "Everyday I know I will be doing something that is helping students get an education, earn a degree, and ultimately find a career. Education is the key to success especially in today's world, and knowing that I play a part in that is very rewarding." When asked what makes VCSU a great place to work, he answered, "Hands down, it's the people. The faculty, staff, and students I work with on a daily basis are really great. Having great people to work for and work with allows me to enjoy what I do."

Brad went on to comment about the many changes he has enjoyed seeing at VCSU throughout the years including upgrades to the Information Technology facilities and services, the new Rhoades Science Center expansion, and the growth of online education including the addition of the online Master's program.

Brad and his wife, Dede – a VCSU alum, reside in Jamestown with their daughter. The Mills enjoy the outdoors and engage in various outdoor activities throughout the year such as winter skiing along with boating and camping in the summer. Lake Ashtabula is one of their favorite spots. Additionally, Brad is a big music fan, plays in a band, enjoys tinkering on his old classic truck, and does carpentry and remodeling projects in his spare time.

Brad is an important and valuable employee at VCSU, and he does so much in supporting the academic learning environment at VCSU for our entire community of students, faculty, and staff. Congratulations Brad and thanks for all you do in making VCSU such a terrific campus!