Today I had the chance to interview the funny and charming Jack Bacon – Chief Information Officer at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology. While I was preparing myself for this meeting, I was a bit nervous seeing as this was my first official interview with any of the Executive Leadership Team members since I became the social media blogger. While I was talking to Mr. Bacon, I felt like I could just keep rambling and asking questions; he is so easy to talk to, and has many similarities to myself and I’m sure for many other students as well.
A: “Upper Darby High School”
Q: What college did you go to?
A: “Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, but when it was located in Upper Darby, PA.”
Q: What was your major, and how long did it take to complete it?
A: “I went for my Electronics degree and it took me the 2 years to achieve it, but it took about 7 years after working in retail post-high school to figure out what I really wanted to do in my life.”
Q: What was your favorite thing about P.I.T. as a student then, and now as a member of the Leadership Team?
A: “As a student I enjoyed the fact that I really knew the instructors, and as an employee now, having the ability to make an impact on a student’s life”
Q: When did you start working here at P.I.T.?
Q: How about your favorite color, TV show, and song?
A: Blue, “Grace Point” is a great show, and any song by Queen is the best.”
Q: What made you choose the job of Chief Information Officer?
A: “I don’t think we pick the jobs we have, I think the jobs pick us. Plus, I was great at math and I had a strong passion for computers.”
Q: If you had the chance to hop into a time machine and go back a couple years, what would you do differently?
A: “I would have definitely paid more attention in high school, went straight into college to earn my degree and stayed focused, that’s for sure.”
So, as you can see, Jack Bacon is just like us students that may have struggled in the beginning to get to where we are now. His career path shows that once you put your best foot forward and focus on the road you are mean to be on, nothing can stop you. Just keep on keeping on!
Stay tuned to the blog and to Facebook and Twitter to meet each of the members of the Executive Leadership Team at P.I.T.