Ernie Friend

Leadership Team

Ernest Friend

Director Academic Systems, Florida State College at Jacksonville

Phone: 404.598.5650

Ernie Friend is employed by Florida State College at Jacksonville, a values-driven institution of higher education committed to ensuring that every student has an extraordinarily positive overall experience headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. The college provides optimal access to high quality, affordable and relevant degree, career and community education to enhance the lives of our students and the economic development of Northeast Florida.

Mr. Friend holds a B.S. degree in Electronics Management from Southern Illinois University. He has more than 25 years of Information Technology management and academic experience in the military and with Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). Since 1994, working at FSCJ he has been involved in many phases of computer networking infrastructure management and design.

At the college he manages a two year college credit networking degree with about 2000 students. The two year degree has specializations in CCNA, CCNP, Voice, Security, Virtualization, and Open Source Operating Systems. In addition he created and manages a B.A.S. in Computer Networking degree with about 650 students. He has created partnerships with some of the biggest names in I.T. including Cisco, EMC, VMware, Citrix, Redhat, and others, and has considerable experience in working with the regional business community to create new and innovative programs that address the needs of the regional I.T. workforce.