Get to Know PCOM Chief Information Officer Rick Smith, MBA
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Get to Know Rick Smith, MBA 
PCOM's Chief Information Officer


October 7, 2022

Rick Smith, MBA, joined PCOM in February 2019 and serves as the Chief Information Officer, providing leadership and management of all information technology services and functions for PCOM's Pennsylvania and Georgia locations.

PCOM's Chief Information Officer Rick Smith, MBA, smiles in Phillies gear at Citizens Bank ParkWhat are some of the challenges you see in your role? How do you plan to face those challenges?

One of the biggest challenges in my role—and this is true of CIOs at any college or university—is determining the most efficient way to unlock the treasure trove of data that exists and is tied up in operational systems. We do this in order to turn data into actionable information for decision-making. Data is one of our most precious assets and, when adequately curated, mined and analyzed, it provides tremendous insights on how to best support our students, faculty and staff in order to recognize our vision and mission as one of the top osteopathic medical schools. We are turning this challenge into an opportunity at PCOM by implementing a state-of-the-art “data warehouse” that will leverage best-in-market analytical tools, artificial intelligence, and machine-learning models while organically implementing a university-wide data governance program.

What is your favorite thing about PCOM?

I love everything about PCOM, but I would have to say, by far, my favorite thing about PCOM is the people! I have worked with some great people in many different positions across many industries, but it just feels different here—from the students to the faculty to the staff. Everyone I work with or encounter is passionate, driven and dedicated to the mission and vision. Equally important, they bring their “real selves“ to the College to join their “work selves“, this builds a more open, exciting, fun, creative and productive workplace!

What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

Not surprising to those who know me—I am a huge sports fan (watching, not playing anymore) and try to catch as many Eagles, Phillies and Sixers games as I can. My closest friends and I were early adopters of fantasy football before it became mainstream, and we have been playing for more than 25 years! It took me all 25 years to win my first fantasy Super Bowl, to the delight of my fellow competitors. The curse has been broken!

Learn more about Rick on this episode of The Higher Edge podcast, where he discusses the importance of information technology in higher education.

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