John earned his Bachelor of Science
in Biology from The Citadel and Associate in Business in Computer
Programming from Midlands Technical College. He has served
two tours of active duty in the Air Force in strategic air defense
and is a retired reserve officer. John began his state
service in 1976 with the South Carolina Department of Health
and Environmental Control in the Bureau of Laboratories.
His IT career with the state started in 1978 as a computer programmer
and he has held positions in customer support, technical support
and management. John started with the Institute in November
2001 after spending over five years as the IT director of a
local phone company. John has the following Microsoft
certifications: Systems Engineer (MCSE), Systems Administrator (MCSA,
MCSA:Messaging), and Professional (MCP).