IT staff member earns Technologist of the Year award

By Shane Donglasan

Robert Constant, network administrator for New College’s Office of Information Technology, has worked with the Campus Police department to improve their computer systems.
Robert Constant, network administrator for New College’s Office of Information Technology, has worked with the Campus Police department to improve their computer systems.

Robert Constant, network administrator for New College’s Office of Information Technology, was selected as the 2019 Florida Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials Information Technologist of the Year.

The Public-Safety Communications Awards are presented annually by Florida APCO to public safety communications personnel who have demonstrated the highest levels of personal and professional conduct and performance in their line of work. Florida APCO is the state chapter of APCO International, the world’s oldest and largest organization of public safety communications professionals.

New College Police Captain Kathleen Vacca nominated Constant, who was chosen from nominees across the state. He’ll be presented with the award at the Florida APCO 2019 Conference in Daytona Beach April 30.

Vacca described Constant as someone who is always up to the challenge, whether it’s dealing with computer hardware, software applications, installation or maintenance.

“His tenacity to get to the bottom of a multifaceted technology problem, coupled with his calm demeanor, are also greatly appreciated,” Vacca said.

One of his biggest projects was installing computers in all of the department’s squad cars, an initiative Constant took the lead on when he joined New College in 2010.

“He does so much more than all of the things he does with the police,” said Director of Information Technology Ben Foss. “He’s not only valuable to them but to so many other people on campus.”

-– Shane Donglasan is the marketing writer/project coordinator at New College of Florida.


Located in Sarasota, New College of Florida has educated intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement since its founding in 1960. As the State of Florida’s designated honors college, New College provides an exceptional education that transforms students’ intellectual curiosity into personal accomplishment. The 110-acre campus on Sarasota Bay is home to more than 800 students and 80 full-time faculty engaged in interdisciplinary research and collaborative learning. New College offers nearly 40 areas of concentration for undergraduates and a master’s degree program in Data Science.

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