Franklin College faculty and staff are the backbone of the college and its successes, continually building and shaping the learning environment that is the University of Georgia. Many staff also devote their time to self-governance on the UGA staff council, an important part of supporting theuniversity mission. One of our outstanding Franklin College staff members, and outgoing chair of the staff council, IT professional Jerry Daniel:
While a bachelor's degree in history-something he earned using the Tuition Assistance Program while working at UGA-may not be a direct path to a career in technology, the skills Daniel learned have helped tremendously.
"A lot of times you're doing something you've never done before so you have to research and learn about it," he said. "My history degree helps since I can do research work in a library like nobody's business."
As an IT professional associate, Daniel ensures that networks, servers, computers and software are running smoothly. He helps with upkeep for the math department's computer labs that 5,000 students use to take their tests. To do that, he takes a proactive approach to prevent breakdowns at inopportune times.
"My job is to do all the computer upkeep so that faculty can do cutting-edge research and students can learn and get their degrees," Daniel said. "I've always liked helping other people, and this lets me do that."
Another way Daniel helps a lot of people is through his role as chair of the executive committee of the Staff Council. Daniel was elected to that role almost four years ago, and his term will end June 30.
"It's been very rewarding; I've grown a lot personally and professionally," Daniel said. "I've also met a lot of great people in private businesses and at UGA."
Thanks to a great colleague, one of the many people who make the university such a great place to work and to learn.
Image: Jerry Daniel, courtesy of UGA Photographic Services.