By Jack Palaski
The 2016-17 school year marks Terence Stephenson’s fifth year as the manager of the Information Technology Services department. He oversees the day-to-day operations of the department and is responsible for configuring and supporting all Apple-related technology on campus.
As the ITS manager, Stephenson’s role is to oversee the daily IT related operations of the school, including addressing problems that may come up, working on improvement projects and assisting in other logistical and administrative duties. His other primary role is to support all Apple related technology on campus.
“We have tools we use to monitor MacBooks and iPads on campus for problems and allow us to update or install software remotely,” Stephenson said. “If a device has a hardware problem and needs to be repaired or replaced, I handle that as well.”
Stephenson grew up in Burbank and attended Providence High School. He attended the University of California, Irvine, where he studied Computer Science before switching to a Political Science Major.
Stephenson was able to use his experience of working as an assistant in the university’s computer lab to enter into the corporate IT world. He worked at Beckman Coulter and Activision in a help desk role. He later transitioned into education, working in the Registrar’s Office at the University of Southern California.
“There was a reorganization of the department I was in, so I started searching for a new position, and Loyola was one of the places I applied to as I wanted to stay in education. It has turned out to be a great decision,” he said.
In addition to working in the IT department, Stephenson also is the co-moderator of the Short Film Club.
Outside Loyola, Stephenson spends his time raising his newborn son, Tyler. He is also invested in Los Angeles’ sports. “I am an avid sports fan and have season tickets to the LA Kings and Rams,” he said.
Stephenson has enjoyed his time working on the IT staff at Loyola.
“Having worked in a few different environments in my career, I can say that Loyola is one of the few places where the people are here for more than just the job,” Stephenson said.