Ian Alford has been working in the Information Technology field since June of 2003, when he joined the South Bend Community School Corporation as a temporary summer employee. He later joined the SBCSC as full-time building support for two of the four high schools in South Bend, IN. During this time, he brought the first VMWare ESXi hosts into the SBCSC infrastructure, building from a single host to a ten host, three SAN cluster with failover networking. During his time with South Bend Community School Corporation, Ian completed both his Bachelors of Arts in Speech Communication and his Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University South Bend.
In November 2014, Ian joined the Saint Joseph County Government as the first Director of Information Technology. During this time, he undertook requirements gathering, project management, and technical expertise on moving the County to a operational model for computing purchases, the launch of a new County website, a Voice-over-IP migration, the “insourcing” of IT support for County staff, and an upgraded surveillance system for the Saint Joseph County Juvenile Justice Center and Probate Court.
Ian joined the Hesburgh Libraries of the University of Notre Dame as the manager for the Enterprise Systems Unit in January of 2017, and has spearheaded the continuing CloudFirst project for the Hesburgh Libraries. He currently provides architectural consulting, technical expertise, requirements gathering, and mentorship to his team and his colleagues both within the Libraries and the University at-large.