Eric Houck, a brand-new grandfather, also has a new job as Napa Valley College's Director of Institutional Technology.
A native of Eugene, OR, Houck has served in a similar position at the College of the Siskiyous since January, 2016.
He and his wife, Dee, are happy to be moving closer to their eldest daughter and her husband, a dispatcher for Marin County emergency services, who are parents of a one-month-old son.
"Napa is a great area to be in," said Houck, who has moved to American Canyon. "If you have to leave the beauty of the Siskiyous to a place a little bigger, this is a nice option."
After graduating from Seattle Pacific University, Houck settled in Seattle as a web developer during the dot-com era and later worked in Portland, for Dark Horse Comics, and in retail for Things from Another World.
"It was a merger of hobbies and professional interests, but when I met my future wife, I began looking for opportunities in technology."
Houck took a job with College of the Siskiyous as a System Analyst Programmer in 2007, and oversaw implementation of Banner, a comprehensive computer information system that contains information on courses, students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
He also worked briefly as Director of Instructional Services, but returned to IT to "re-invigorate" the Banner system.
In May, Houck earned a Master of Science degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governor's University.
At NVC, Houck said, he will focus on long-term strategies "to achieve the college's vision and mission more effectively."
"IT is such a vital aspect to everything about how a community college operates, because it touches just about every area of the institution, and with that comes both opportunity and challenge," he said.
Houck said his first order of business is to hear "the challenges, needs and vision for IT and technology here at NVC."
Houck replaces Robert Butler, who left NVC in July, 2015.