Today’s interview was all about Craig Jacobs, the Registrar at P.I.T. I hope when you read this you may feel a connection to his background, maybe even enough to introduce yourself and ask him more about his determination and life choices. He works in the Academic Records Office that I’m 100% sure you have all passed on the way to classes and such. All you have to do is stop in and say “hi!”
Q: Where did you attend high school?
A: Archbishop Ryan High School in Philadelphia
Q: What college did you go to?
A: I attended Drexel University for undergraduate work and Temple University and University of Maryland, University College for graduate work.
Q: What was your major, and how long did it take to complete it?
A: I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Physics – it was a five year program with co-operative work experience interspersed in that time. At Temple, I completed my Masters degree in Sociology and much of the Ph.D. program with a focus on Sociology of Science and Sociology of Gender – I attended about 6 years. Recently I completed a graduate certificate in Technology in Distance Education at UMUC. That took about a year and a half. Much of what I learned there was applied as I worked with our team here to bring blended learning to the college. So lifelong learning is important.
Q: What is your favorite thing about P.I.T. as a member of the Executive Leadership Team?
A: My favorite thing about P.I.T. is our Mission. I like being part of helping students succeed, especially when so many are the first in their family to attend college. The best days of the year are when we have graduations and you see how happy and proud students and their families are of their accomplishment. I love being part of that.
Q: When did you start working here at P.I.T.?
Q: How about your favorite color, TV show, and song?
A: My favorite color is black. Favorite TV show; I get a kick out of “Alpha House” and “The Daily Show.” In the past, I’ve loved “The IT Crowd” and “Scrubs”…I like comedies in general. Favorite song is tough. More recently, I liked listening to Lorde’s, “Royals” and Awolnation’s, “Kill Your Heroes.” But the songs that have stood the test of time for me are by the bands The Sundays, Howard Jones, Men at Work and Supertramp. I’ve listened to their albums again and again over the years.
Q: What made you choose the job of Registrar?
A: The skills that I learned in Sociology are really what led me to be the Registrar. In Sociology you learn a lot of skills useful in today’s business environment – like data analysis. I initially started at P.I.T. in Research and Planning and that evolved into the management of the Registrar’s Office and eventually Registrar. It wasn’t a plan from the beginning, but an evolution based on what was needed at the College, what I was good at, and how I could help fill that need.
Q: If you had the chance to hop into a time machine and go back a couple years, what would you do differently?
A: This is going back more than a couple years, but I’d probably have relaxed a bit more in high school and not been so ultra-serious. I think I missed out on some good times and friendship by being that way.