Visitors to the Beaufort County Community College website will see changes in the coming months as the college's Internet presence is under the leadership of a new director.
Keith M. Sullivan, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., joined the BCCC staff in January as the college's new, full-time webmaster. In that position, he succeeds Tricia Woolard, coordinator of educational media and graphic services, who oversees technology for the growing number of online and Internet-enhanced courses at the college.
"BCCC is delighted to welcome Keith to its staff," said Vice President of Research and Institutional Effectiveness Jay Sullivan, no relation. "As more and more people turn to the Internet for their information and use Internet sites to make decisions about their education it is vital that Beaufort County Community College maintain an active and updated presence on the Internet.
"For a growing number of people, our website is the front door to BCCC and we need to make sure that visitors to our college can easily find the information they need through this front door," Jay Sullivan said. "With his background, Keith is the right individual to lead this effort."
As the college's webmaster, Keith Sullivan, 29, is tasked with managing the content on BCCC's website, ensuring its compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. He will serve on the college's Marketing Committee and, in that role, lead its online marketing efforts.
Keith Sullivan earned an associate's degree in information technology from the University of Phoenix in 2012 and is pursuing a bachelor's degree from Western Governors University in software development. He has studied web design and multi-media at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.
Keith Sullivan said his life-long interest in computers and video games pointed him towards a career in web design.
"Ever since I was a kid, I was obsessed by computers, graphic design and coding," he said. "It was a challenge. A fun challenge."
And having vacationed with his family on North Carolina's Outer Banks, he is no stranger to eastern North Carolina.
During his career, Keith Sullivan has developed training materials and web sites for Comcast, worked as a technical analyst for Verizon, designed and developed Internet layouts and user interfaces for Attempt Pictures and developed and designed a new website for Sauers Trucking.
Immediately before joining the BCCC staff, Keith Sullivan was a member of the Digital Marketing team at Ciber where he developed and maintained web sites and interfaces for Bayer Pharmaceuticals - including pages for Aleve and One-A-Day vitamins.
Since coming to BCCC, Keith Sullivan has begun an inventory of all of BCCC's web pages, and has worked to ensure that all of its links direct users to the appropriate web pages. He has also begun to explore various content management systems for BCCC's website and in the coming weeks and months, users will begin to see changes in BCCC's webpage.
Keith Sullivan's parents live in Pittsburgh. A brother, Scott, is an aspiring film director. In his spare time, he enjoys many of the same activities he does at his work - developing websites and working on the computer - in addition to video games.