Thomas Ward - U of I Extension

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Thomas Ward
Extension Specialist, Computer Training Services

Thomas Ward

Office of Extension and Outreach
1101 S Goodwin MC-631
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-244-0128

Expert in: Technology training, Teleconferencing, MS Office applications, Lync,

Thomas J. Ward currently holds the position of University of Illinois Extension Specialist, Computer Training Services, a position he has held since 1993. The primary responsibility of the position is to assist staff of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and University of Illinois Extension in learning how to efficiently and effectively use the technologies they have access to in their work environment.

With reorganization of Extension happening over the last few years, my role on the Extension IT team is again focusing on training staff on the use of new technologies. Recent additions to that bag of tools includes Microsoft Skype for Business,, iPads and other molbile devices. This year we will be deploying Office 2016 and Windows 10, so that will keep me busy.

Prior to becoming a computer specialist, he spent time as an agricultural adviser for the Cooperative Extension Service serving in Kankakee and Saline Counties in Illinois. He has been employed with University of Illinois Extension since 1979.

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