Clarke County resident Ken Blackwell has a pretty impressive resume – he has founded a couple of tech companies, served as chief technical officer for Dell Software Group, is an industry speaker and serves on the board of the Valley Human Trafficking Initiative. He has added adjunct professor and curricular advisory committee member at LFCC to his CV.
Blackwell, the co-owner and president of TeamLogic IT in Leesburg, teaches IT at LFCC’s Middletown and Warrenton campuses.
While visiting the college with his daughter, Kelly, who has since graduated from LFCC and transferred to George Mason University, Blackwell met several IT faculty members, as well as Karen Kellison, dean of business, education and technology. One thing led to another, and he became a faculty member.
“I also use this as a recruiting method because I hire people that I teach – five so far,” Blackwell says. “I joke that my interview process is 16 weeks long with three written exams, and you’ve got to show up for work every week.”
Blackwell’s impressive background includes 30 years in the IT field. In his role as chief technical officer for Dell Software, he was in charge of the technical strategy for the firm’s systems management product portfolio, which included data center and cloud management, data protection, and Windows server management. Additionally, he was part of the Internet of Things strategy workgroup. He oversaw about 3,500 employees at Dell in a job that took him all over the world.
He cofounded Bristol Technology Inc., which was sold to HP in 2007. He also founded Kenosia Corp., which was sold to HALO Technology Holdings. Additionally, Blackwell previously worked at IBM and NCR Corp.
Besides his LFCC-alum daughter, he and his wife, Pam, have three sons and two additional daughters. Their oldest child attended community college and went on to attain a master’s degree. Some of Blackwell’s students have advanced degrees and have returned to school to study IT.
“Obviously, LFCC is a great value, that’s for sure,” he says. “It was a great fit for my daughter. It’s the exact environment that she needed, and she thrived here.”
Blackwell and his wife are directors of the Valley Human Trafficking Initiative, a faith-based nonprofit combating human trafficking in this area through awareness, advocacy and victim services. The couple are also specialized foster parents for heavily-traumatized and trafficked minors.