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Meet an Eagle: Shannon Simmons

Shannon Simmons, Network Analyst, Information Technology Services
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Shannon Simmons knows technology — call him a problem solver and troubleshooter.

Exactly 10 years ago, Simmons started his journey at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). He entered the university as a mass communications major, but quickly discovered and began to explore his technology talent, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Sciences in December 2012.

Simmons serves as a network analyst in Information Technology Services, a role he’s held for the past five months. He first started in the IT department as an intern in 2010 and was hired as a technology support analyst in May 2013.

“My primary job is to monitor network services and troubleshoot solutions via the Ethernet and wireless functions,” said Simmons. “In my previous role, I assisted students with computer and mobile phone issues, as well as with email, printer, myEOL and Blackboard account concerns.”

Born in Baltimore, Md., Simmons’ family relocated to North Carolina, and he graduated from high school in Tarboro. He was raised in a tight-knit family as the second oldest of four siblings.

Fun fact: One of Simmons’ younger brothers is ranked as the number one running back in the NFL. He plays for the Los Angeles Rams and will take center stage for Super Bowl 53 on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019. Pro Bowler Todd Gurley II will don jersey No. 30. Looking at them together, it’s easy to see the resemblance. This will be Simmons’ second year attending the Super Bowl, but this time he’s personally invested in the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. He’ll be watching as his “little” brother Todd performs on football’s most coveted gridiron, showcasing the talents he honed as a star three-sport athlete in the Tar Heel state.

Here’s our inaugural “Meet an Eagle” Q&A with Shannon Simmons.

Job Joys: I enjoy interfacing with students and have learned how to be a mentor. When I first started working at NCCU, I realized that I was sharing my knowledge and experiences with students. We are helping them to soar at the university. I often ask, what is their goal after graduation, and then advise them to make their degree worth something and mean something.

NCCU Inspirations: There were people at NCCU who mentored me and helped me see the bigger picture after I earned my degree. People including Dr. Donna Grant and Dr. Alisha Malloy in the School of Business and Dr. Deborah Swain in the School of Library and Information Sciences.

Eagle Advice: School changed my life. I tell young people to follow their dreams but put a big emphasis on education —whether it is a vocational trade or another skill. Your dreams can come true in many forms. Don’t close your doors. There are other avenues you can take for joy and success. Never block your opportunity — try to fit it with your alternative career.

Who’s Todd?: Todd is a great businessman and great football player who loves his family and invests in and gives back to the Tarboro and other Edgecombe County communities. He’s humble and stays connected to the positive people he’s been with since his childhood.

Super Bowl Pre-game Text: “This is your biggest moment. You’ve been training for this your entire life. Do what you do best. Trust in your coaches, trust in your ability, trust in your team and trust God. Live in the moment.”

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2019
by Associate Vice Chancellor, Ayana D Hernandez
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