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Matthew Etchison – Indianapolis Business Journal

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Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President, Ivy Tech Community College

Main achievements of the company during the mandate: A member of the President’s Cabinet, Matthew Etchison leads 182 IT professionals through the Ivy Tech Community College system. He is responsible for the college’s digital transformation and setting the strategic technology direction. In 3.5 years, his team completed a complete digital transformation and redesign of the entire IT environment to include major enterprise deployments of Salesforce, Workday, ServiceNow, Tableau, Zoom, Snowflake and several other systems. , “which is a real testament to the talent and skill of the IT team I lead. Their commitment and dedication is unmatched anywhere,” he said.

Challenge met : “The challenge of realizing that not everyone can put the team and the mission ahead of themselves or their ego. The challenge for so many leaders is to learn how best to navigate these waters. I overcame challenges by studying and practicing “Extreme Ownership” by US Navy SEALs Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. It’s the ultimate game changer for anyone who leads. Which, by the way, is everyone.

First computer: Apple II in 1983

The road: He began his career in an IT help desk in the mid-1990s, then spent eight years as an IBM systems administrator in the mortgage industry. In 2007, he began a nine-year career in research and development at Interactive Intelligence (acquired by Genesys in 2016). In 2016, he started at Ivy Tech as Senior IT Manager for Academic Affairs and Workforce Alignment. “I left Interactive to come to Ivy Tech because I believe wholeheartedly in the importance and mission of community colleges in this country.”

Must-have apps: Spotify for music and podcasts. “A person can learn a ton by staying away from social media and instead listening to podcasts from brilliant scientists like Stanford neuroscientist Dr. Andrew Huberman or US Navy SEAL Jocko Willink.”

Favorite Gadget: The cryotherapy chamber. “Spend five minutes in 140 degrees below zero and you’ll be recharged and rejuvenated to do more than ever before.”

My job would be easier if… “I never had to sleep. Already. I’m famous (or maybe infamous) for working all hours and not getting much sleep. But think how much more productive I could be with six more hours a day spent challenging and solving problems instead of sleeping.

Free time: “I am a voracious reader/bibliophile and my goal is to always read three to four books a month. My favorite thing is to fish offshore and near the coasts in the Atlantic, from North Carolina to the Florida Keys. »•

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