When Vasil Hadji Jordanov was charged with putting the Chancellor University Information Technology department at the top of its game, not only did he rise to the challenge, he called upon the rest of the University faculty and staff to follow his unique vision into the future of IT for higher ed.
Drawing on his experience working in higher education as well as his military service and diverse education in electrical engineering, information technology management and international business, Vasil was able to change the course of IT at Chancellor in less than one year.
“We’re light years ahead of where we were a year ago,” he said. “We will always have more to do though.”
As Vice President of Information Technology and adjunct professor at Chancellor University, Vasil is part of a team that is currently investigating innovative learning management solutions to better suit the growing and changing needs of our student body. He spends the majority of his time working with vendors and contractors to determine industry trends that will keep Chancellor ahead of the curve and convenient for our hundreds of remote students.
“It’s all about what we can bring to the table, what we can accomplish for students.” Vasil said.
And while Vasil has big plans for Chancellor’s IT department, he also knows that part of his job is being able to adapt to an ever-changing schedule.
“The advantage of this job is that a lot of tasks are not prepared or planned,” he said. “I jump from one thing to the next and no day is like the previous.”
That kind of workplace agility encourages freedom to explore creative solutions to new problem, something Vasil greatly enjoys and credits to his time in the military, where he worked as the IT Administrator for the Ministry of Defense in Macedonia.
“It [the military] affects your mindset forever,” he said. “You learn to filter every decision through this lens, consciously or subconsciously and you gain a love of freedom from being deprived of it in other ways.”