IT Fist Bump: Mark Sikes
Part of W&M Information Technology’s mission is to develop and nurture meaningful relationships and collaborations on campus and beyond. Our work would not be possible without the partnerships we have across campus, and so many of our colleagues deserve a thank you and a (virtual) fist bump!
Mark Sikes, vice dean for student success & director of Parent & Family Programs, is a valued member of the William & Mary family. As vice dean, Mark aims to strengthen collaboration among students and faculty, supporting inclusivity and critical resources for student welfare. He oversees student imperatives, working to ensure these programs prepare students to excel in all aspects with integrity and purpose.
Mark is a visionary when it comes to student success. He brings his ideas and his boundless passion when working on projects with IT and is always interested in identifying where technology can enhance the lives of students. Senior Strategic Impact Analyst Rachel Pace says, “Mark has always been a proponent of using technology to solve business problems. He is very responsive to suggestions and works well with IT to implement technology solutions.”
Mark was incredibly helpful in the development of the Qlik app, a program that determines academic standing. This process previously took the Dean of Students Office (DOSO) days to personally review transcripts and required additional input from W&M IT. Now, the DOSO staff can complete the process in a couple of hours with minimal IT involvement. Mark was key in identifying the requirements and envisioning the results of the application.
During the initial months of the pandemic, Mark stepped in to aid with COVID reporting to the DOSO and Registrar’s Office. During that unprecedented time, Mark’s collaboration and insight were greatly appreciated by his colleagues in IT.
Mark is well known and respected for his strategic leadership, but ask anyone and they will not fail to mention his congeniality. Technology Strategist Melissa Marshall says, “Mark is passionate about the mission of his office, and he is a constant supporter of his staff. As a campus partner, Mark is consistently thinking of ways we can work together to improve the student experience and provide the best support for student success. As a colleague, Mark is funny, engaging and innovative.”
Thank you for all you do, Mark!