Mohamed Seddiki, Dean of the Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Essex County College, is an accomplished professional with a distinguished record of service that has reaped untold benefits for students, faculty and staff.
As Dean of the college’s IT department, he is responsible for managing the technology infrastructure of the institution’s computing environment at its main Newark and West Essex campuses as well as the college’s Police Academy in Cedar Grove.
Seddiki’s guiding principle is to employ technology to elevate the mission and goals of the college – an ideal to which he has remained committed since he was promoted to IT director in 1993. Under his leadership, the department has significantly upgraded the college’s computing capabilities and is widely recognized for its cutting-edge innovations that service the instructional and administrative computing needs of the college.
Under his guidance, ECC was awarded several grants, such as a five-year, multi-million dollar grant for the development of a portal; a highly customized Web tool which allows ECC to offer best-service experiences for its students and the most efficient information system for all staff; and others. Most recently he also was responsible for initiating and managing the transformation of the college’s phone system into a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure – an initiative which will allow the college to cut its operating costs in half.
Seddiki came to this country from Morocco at the age of 19, eager to pursue an education at Essex County College and faced with the challenge of learning a new language and culture. Despite these obstacles, he excelled in his studies and was quickly recognized by his professors
as a technical talent. He was offered his first full time job at ECC in 1987 as an administrative aide for the Chapter 1 program and would then go on to serve in a number of administrative capacities including Coordinator of Outreach Programs for the Community and Customized Programs, Associate Director of Academic Computing, and Director of Technical Services.
An alumnus of Essex County College, from which he earned his associate’s degree in Computer Science, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Jersey City State College, and a Master of Science degree in Telecommunications and Computing Management from Polytechnic University in New York.
Seddiki resides in West Caldwell with his wife, Fadoua and their three children Fahd, Zayed and Maryam.