Congratulations to Robert Thompson, Santa Rosa Junior College’s Employee of the Month for April 2015. Robert has dedicated five years of service to the College: from 1982-1984, he worked as an adjunct mathematics instructor, before returning and obtaining his current position as Web Design Specialist for the Information Technology (IT) Department in 2012.
IT Director Scott Conrad explains, “Robert has been the architect, trainer and facilitator of the new SRJC Drupal website project. The new Drupal Content Management System (CMS) enabled us to bring SRJC’s website design into the 21st Century, and allows Administrative Assistant’s (AA’s) to update and maintain their own department web sites with minimal help from IT. Robert is a team player and has worked closely with Ellen Maremont-Silver, Director, Communication & Marketing, from Public Relations and her team, and with AA’s, the library, and hundreds of SRJC employees to implement and evolve the SRJC website.”
Robert’s greatest challenge has been, “Managing the project scope and schedule with the available resources, and meeting the needs of a broad spectrum of users with an even broader set of expectations.” What he enjoys the most about his job is assisting those responsible for their department’s or group’s website to accomplish their goals, and the opportunity to give back to the college that provided him the foundation of his higher education.
Aside from work, Robert enjoys the sport of endurance cycling and volunteers with Santa Rosa Cycling Club and Levi’s Gran Fondo during his free time.
Born in Sebastopol, Robert grew up in Healdsburg and attended Healdsburg High school. He received his AA from SRJC; BS and MS from UC Davis; and another MS from Stanford University. Prior to his current position at SRJC, Robert was an Engineer/Manager for more than 20 years at Hewlett Packard, and an internet consultant for 10 years.
“Robert loves SRJC and enjoys contributing to improving the SRJC brand and communications to students, prospective students, alumni, staff and the community via our website. Robert is always trying to help others. He welcomes feedback and continually does his best to improve his training delivery and effectiveness. Robert is a model employee who values learning, collaboration and always has a positive ‘can do’ attitude,” Scott added.
Asked for his reaction upon being told of his employee of the month nomination, Robert responded, “[I was] surprised, grateful. It was quite unexpected. Thank you very much!”
Robert celebrates this recognition with his family, including his three children: a son and twins (daughter and son); and his four young grandchildren.