The internet and technology have already been a big part of our lives — but in 2020, it reached a higher level than was expected, especially in the education system. This year in education, many students are doing classes from home, and many employees and faculty are working from home. It seems like the academic world is depending on the internet and technology more than ever before. Here at WAU, our students study from far and wide via the world wide web, and technology has become almost the #1 priority. This new way brings heavy responsibility to a department of people behind the scenes (and for our screens); this department is called IT (also known as Information Technology).
WAU’s Executive Director of Information Technology, Director Flores, and his team work tirelessly every day in the IT department so that the university can continue on a level of excellence. Dir. Flores has been managing IT programs for a number of years before coming to WAU. He has worked for the IRS, the Department of Defense, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and much more.
It was a God-driven journey that brought Flores to become WAU’s Director of IT. He attended CUC/Washington Adventist University “many moons ago” and met his girlfriend at WAU. “I would come and meet with her in the lobby. After that, I will go to my car, which was parked right in front of Halcyon Hall. I would see her go in, and then she would wave goodbye from her dorm. And we repeated that process many times,” Flores says with a smile.
Flores’ girlfriend and now wife graduated in 1995 with a bachelor’s in Science and Nursing, and they got married in 1996. “My wife, Rosemary, is a leader. I think she is the best thing that could have ever happened to me. She has brought balance, wisdom, and lots of patience in my life, and I learn a lot from her.” Shortly after his wonderful union, he came back to WAU to do his MBA, and that is when he got the request to teach on campus, which he accepted.
As time went on, Flores went from teacher to director when he applied to manage IT at WAU. “I applied and got accepted within a week, and they offered to have a full ride for me to continue my education,” Flores said.
Becoming the Executive Director of Information Technology directly aligned with Flores’ passion to serve. He says, “I had always had a desire to serve the Lord. I am a fourth-generation Seventh-day Adventist, and I serve the Lord in Many capacities. The opportunity to work at the university and receive the wonderful blessings of a free ride is incredible. And so there has always been a desire to [give back and] help in service.”
The Lord has not only blessed Dir. Flores in education and position, but also with his lovely children who he is so proud of! They are all accomplished in many areas, such as but not limited to, music, education, leadership, and career. “[Because of them] is why I give it 100% every day, the Lord has allowed me to manage a team of dedicated individuals within ITS who love to serve. Even though we have challenges, the Lord has given us the strength to let the negative stuff be placed at the foot of the cross, and only concentrate on the things we can do. So that’s been our model. And that’s how we will take it every day.”
The ITS department pushes forward with full effort under Flores to work on the requests being sent in and the different implementations. “We are running right now a total of 12 concurrent IT-related implementations, which is unbelievable. You know, even in, in my department of defense, we didn’t have so many projects going on at the same time [so it can be challenging]!” Flores continues, “So the idea has always been to serve. And to serve even when it’s not necessarily easy. But to serve nonetheless.”
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38
Thank you, Dir. Flores and your team for all you do! We will continue to keep the IT department in our prayers as we press forward!