The Poudre School District (PSD) has appointed Bud Hunt as its new chief technology officer (CTO). Hunt, who formerly served as the district’s executive director of Information Technology, officially began his new role on July 18.
In his new role, Hunt oversees the district’s Information Technology Department, which provides IT support to staff and students; manages the district’s digital infrastructure; coordinates purchasing and maintenance of district devices; manages cybersecurity; and much more.
“The pandemic has shown us that school is not just the buildings – it’s the people and the devices,” he said in a press statement. “IT should be there to connect people to wherever the learning experience might be, regardless of a school or student’s location.”
Hunt’s top priorities in this role include cybersecurity and how PSD’s IT infrastructure keeps people safe; protecting district data and the health of PSD’s recovery systems, and ensuring maximum uptime for services and tools that families and schools depend on.
In addition, Hunt plans to make challenges and opportunities visible and discussable; open and frank dialogue; and approach everything as a teacher because “teachers help people understand how things work and help people do things they didn’t think they could do.”
“Bud is an instructional-minded leader who will further amplify PSD’s use of technology to improve teaching and learning,” said Superintendent Brian Kingsley. “Access to technology is one thing, but it’s another thing entirely to support staff and students as they learn how to use technology with purpose. That work has been done in PSD and can continue to be strengthened, ultimately leading to better student outcomes.”
Before taking up this role Hunt served as the director of Projects and Initiatives at the State Educational Technology Directors Association, where he worked with key partners to advocate for additional state and local resources for K-12 cybersecurity needs.
He has also worked as the IT and technical services manager for the Clearview Library District; an instructional technologist in St. Vrain Valley School District; and a language arts teacher at Olde Columbine High School.