Sanko Promoted to Chief Information Officer

10 September 2020

Over the summer, Pratt Community College (PCC) and PCC President Dr. Michael Calvert promoted Jerry Sanko to Chief Information Officer. Sanko will maintain oversight of the IT department in his new role, while assuming a larger institutional focus as a member of the president’s cabinet.

“Technology touches everything we do and having Jerry as a cabinet member will ensure planning and operations will align,” said Dr. Calvert. “Jerry brings a wealth of PCC knowledge and experience and his military background in strategic planning will be an asset.”

The idea for this position came about during planning and preparation for the college’s HLC accreditation. A committee was formed to develop what the position would include and to write a proposal for cabinet.

“Through the guidance of Dr. Gene George, he recommended having a representative from institutional research and IT to have a position in cabinet be a part of the decisions being made,” said Sanko. “Instead of having a position in institutional research and IT, the committee decided to combine them into one and I stated that I could transition into that position.”

Sanko grew up in Spearville, KS and spent 30 plus years serving in the military. He started at PCC in November of 1998 and has served as the IT Director since his first day. This September Sanko will celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary with his wife and their four children. In addition to working at PCC Sanko has continued to serve our country through the national guard has been deployed a couple of times during his tenure at PCC. During his free time, Sanko likes to hunt and fish.

“I’m looking forward to being more involved in the decision making process for the progression of the college,” said Sanko. “I feel my strategic planning experience attained from the military coupled with my IT experiences can support that process.”

During Sanko’s transition the IT department was in the middle of several large-scale projects for the college. The first project was migrating PCC faculty and staff accounts to Office 365. Secondly, IT worked with a new internet service provider to completely overhaul and put in new wireless access points in all the buildings and to update ethernet ports in a few residence halls. This project is still ongoing. The third project the department worked on was to help the COVID-19 response team create a database and forms for students who are in isolation/quarantine throughout the academic year. The IT department has also faced many challenges throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The biggest challenges were how are we going to conduct operational business in terms of communicating across the departments and divisions,” said Sanko. “The college quickly adopted the Microsoft Teams platform and the IT department learned and pushed out information about Microsoft Teams for the rest of employees to be able to use the platform.”

In addition, to overseeing the IT department Sanko will be providing support and supervision to the data management office. Traditionally this office has been under the Division of the President.

“I hope to develop data services department a little more depth with analysis and auditing capabilities,” said Sanko. “That’s the main goal to get where the college can benefit from data and analytics by incorporating them into the data driven decision making process.”

The mission of Pratt Community College is maximum student learning, individual and workforce development, high quality instruction and service, and community enrichment.