My name is Samuel Williams and I started work at the University of Portland in September of 2010.  I started as the Academic Technology Specialist and Trainer and in December of 2012 was promoted to Director of Academic Technology Services.  I’m a Native Montanan and had lived in Northwest Montana most of my life. I was born and raised on the Flathead Indian Reservation, and I’m an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. I was raised by my mother and her family in Arlee, Montana. I was taught by my family the importance of community and to appreciate art and the beauty of the world around us. My grandmother was a painter and a teacher of Native American Beadwork and she was the person that inspired me and encouraged creativity. I have carried on the tradition of Native American Beadwork and this has carried over into my love for photography and the digital arts.

My college career started at Salish Kootenai College in Northwest Montana. It was at SKC that I participated in an Internship with US WEST in Denver CO and experienced the big city for the first time. The small town kid from the reservation was working at 1801 California for a large corporation and I loved it. I realized at that time I could be anything and do anything as long as I worked hard. I successfully completed 3 internships with US WEST in Denver, the last being as a Quick Response Design Engineer. I didn’t end up working for US WEST but I did end up working for Salish Kootenai College. I’m an advocate for Higher Education, especially Tribal Education.

I’m a computer nerd and geek at heart and I have my A.S. Degree in Computer Science from Salish Kootenai College and my Bachelors Degree in Business/Marketing from the University of Montana. I have worked in Technology for over 10 years now and while at SKC I held the position of PC Support Tech, Web Master, Systems Administrator, Assistant Director and then Director of Administrative IT Services. During a brief 2.5 year absence from SKC I held the position of Director of IT for the National Indian Telecommunications Institute in Santa Fe, NM. I started at the University of Portland as the Academic Technology Specialist and Trainer.  In that position I helped faculty members by showing them how to bring emerging technologies into the classroom.  I’m now the Director of Academic Technology Services and take on the leadership role with this team which has the primary purpose of promoting and advancing the use of technology for instruction on the University campus

Prior to moving to the Portland area in Sept, I also took part in the Leadership Montana program class of 2010. I was honored to have been chosen and humbled and inspired by the training. What a wonderful organization and would encourage people to seek out this type of training for your futures.

Just accepted the position of the Oregon Caucus Chair of the Northwest Managers of Education Technology.

My personal quote: The Person in your life that needs your love the most is, yourself.