Chris Wagner, a 1992 graduate, has led the parish technology department since 2007. He has a B.A. in Communications from Columbia College Chicago. Early on, Chris consolidated and worked toward better sharing resources across the parish campus including a new phone system, fiber optics between buildings, and reducing multiple internet lines to just one (plus a backup). Miles of network cable were installed by him to better strengthen the connectivity between classrooms, offices, and meeting spaces.
Careful analysis of the budget and creation of the first school technology plan led to funds being better allocated for rotation of technology equipment at the end of life. This resulted in a better user experience and easier upgrades of operating systems.
A 5+ year initiative to bring projectors, Smart Boards, and speakers to each classroom become a reality in 2013 making St. Cletus the only school in the area to offer such a consistent experience in every classroom preK-8.
Under Chris's direction, the school become the first elementary school in the Archdiocese to officially embrace the BYOD (bring your own device) concept. The program allowed students to bring in devices they already owned to capture moments in class and access the school's unified wireless system. Chris was asked to speak for two consecutive years at the "Best Practices in Technology" conference sponsored by the Archdiocese. He also presented the topic at Nazareth Academy as part of an in-service.
Chris is at the forefront of the school's 1:1 pilot program in 6th grade that started in the 2015-2016 school year. It's the hope that a successful pilot program will continue to grow so more students will each have a device of their own in subsequent years.
Outside of St. Cletus, Chris maintains the position of Support Manager for Intelligence, Inc., a cloud-based software company based in the Chicago area known for being one of the largest and most successful entities providing tools to the special events industry. If that didn't keep him busy enough, he continues to own and operate High Impact DJs, a mobile DJ service he founded in 1997.