Johnson to lead Concord’s technology department

Johnson to lead Concord’s technology department

An education technology expert with more than 15 years of experience has been named the new Chief Information Officer at Concord Community Schools.

Bruce Johnson, a native of Argos, was selected based on his many years of experience and successful implementation of 1:1 computing strategies, said Concord Community Schools Superintendent Dan Funston. Johnson will begin his new role on July 1, 2020.

He replaces outgoing Director of Technology Matt Jerlecki, whose last day with the district was June 30. 

“Bruce has a wealth of knowledge in the area of technology systems and practices that will directly benefit Concord staff, students, and families.” Funston said. “His customer service approach to meeting the technology needs of our district will provide the sort of collaborative environment we seek at Concord Community Schools.”

Johnson joined Concord from Plymouth Community School Corporation where he has served as the Chief Technology Officer since January 2008. He began his career at Plymouth as an entry-level technician in July of 2005. 

“Today’s educational technology leaders need more than a technical background — that’s a given. I believe communication and relationship building is the key to forming a strong, interdepartmental team and I look forward to working alongside the staff at Concord to support their technology needs,” Johnson said. “Success in supporting technology needs begins with a customer service mindset that benefits all stakeholders — students, staff, parents, and community members.” 

Johnson received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Purdue University’s School of Technology. He is a Certified Education Technology Leader through the Consortium for School Networking and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. 

In 2016, he was appointed to serve on the Indiana Department of Education’s eLeadership cadre. He serves as treasurer of the Indiana Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Council and in 2014 was named an Indiana CTO Council Team Award winner. 

He is currently a member of the Indiana University K-12 Partnershare, International Society for Technology in Education, Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators, and the Consortium for School Networking.

He and his wife, Kerry, have three boys; Kyle, Evan, and Kurt. They enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, and kayaking.