As an active duty service member in the U.S. Army, Andy served as an evaluator for the conversion from analog to digital communications and programmed tactical information for the 1st Cavalry Division’s Division Artillery brigade headquarters. He was awarded Army Commendation Medal for service in combat operation in Southwest Asia in 1990-1991. Following his military service he served in non-profits in the Washington, D.C. area, overseeing the conversion from traditional publishing to digital production for two national magazines.
Upon returning to Arkansas in 1995, he continued his work in transforming systems to digital platforms. He led the delivery of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville’s first large-scale production Web applications, and presented on Web development and e-commerce systems at the 1999 ARKnet state conference. In his more recent experience, Andy has led software engineering and information technology efforts for the International Data Corporation, and the Fayetteville, Bentonville, and Rogers, AR Public School Districts.
In these roles he has transformed each organization and implemented cutting-edge technology from clustered computing to wireless access, VoIP, virtualization, and mobile app development. He continues to evolve his skills as he leads the way toward new and improved techniques for data integration and analysis to drive more successful outcomes.
A published researcher, Andy has written on topics in software engineering and was the recipient of an ESRI Special Achievement in GIS award in 2011. He has a master’s degree in Computer Information Technology with dual concentrations in Database Technologies and Object-Oriented Technologies, and has consulted with major corporations globally to recommend and implement new systems in these focus areas.
Ties to Arkansas
A native Arkansan, Andy was born and raised in the shadow of the University of Arkansas. A 1988 Fayetteville High School graduate, Andy has never strayed far from home for too long.
His family settled in the Fayetteville area in the 1850’s and stayed for what is now well over 150 years. Andy attended the U of A for a year after graduation from high school before enlisting in the military.
Upon return to Arkansas in the 1990’s, Andy completed his bachelor’s degree at John Brown University, and immediately went to work for the U of A computing services department. He has raised his children in Northwest Arkansas and committed his career to developing IT and Computer Science talent across the state through various teaching and advocacy roles.