As Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Gene Kovalchick has been tasked with implementing the best and most accessible technology initiatives across Holy Family University’s three locations. With a strong background in the IT field, Kovalchick sat down with Holy Family University to talk about what made him interested in his field, enhancements he would like to see made campus-wide, and what instrument he plays in a couple local bands.
HFU: Can you tell me about your background and how you came to Holy Family University?
GK: “I have over 25 years of experience in the field of IT leadership, IT strategy, architecture, management, and support fields. Prior to joining Holy Family University, I served as Executive Director of IT Services for Bucks County Community College, where I worked with many of the same challenges that Holy Family faces today. Those challenges included Colleague, cloud computing services, wireless networks, desktop and classroom technology, and Help Desk support. Before working in the higher education environment, I held various IT Director positions at pharmaceutical companies leading global teams to provide IT technology expertise and support.”
“I first learned of Holy Family University when my daughter chose to attend the school for her bachelor’s degree. Her enthusiasm and success with Holy Family was heartwarming for a parent hoping to give their child a good start in life. Her success and subsequent return to Holy Family for her master’s degree just made it all the more special. When the opportunity came to apply for this position, I knew that this was the place for me too.”
HFU: What made you interested in Information Technology?
GK: “As an undergraduate, my advisor suggested I take a course in the new Computer Science major that was just starting. Having already taken a number of Physics and Math courses, I was fascinated by the integration of electronics, logic, and programming. Ever since, information technology has kept my interest and has never given me a dull day.”
HFU: In your position, what are some technology-related projects you’d like see come to Holy Family University?
GK: “Technology changes so quickly that there is always a new project to benefit the University. The key is to find the right balance between the cost and benefit of the many possible projects. Just a few technologies that could bring new functionality to HFU include an updated and enhanced intranet web portal and document imaging.”
HFU: How do you see technology in the classroom as being integral to a student’s learning experience?
GK: “As it is said, technology is only as good as how well it is used, whether inside or outside the classroom. Making technology easy to use, accessible, and having faculty and students use the tools is rewarding. Technology can enhance knowledge and foster a lifetime of learning. I am always excited by enabling new ways for students to learn and grow.”
HFU: Outside the confines of Holy Family University, what do you like to do for fun?
GK: “When I’m not walking, hiking, biking, or skiing, I play saxophone in two community bands and a jazz band. I also substitute when needed in two swing bands.”