“I’ve done it for so long, it’s second nature,” says Associate Director of the Department of Information Systems Angie Saric. Like any successful organization, there is a dedicated crew that makes sure things run smoothly. Angie has led that small but mighty team in the IS department for the last 13 years.
“We have two undergraduate programs, two master’s programs, and 30-something faculty. As the associate director for the department, I manage the staff and the programs and make sure we’re all on track,” says Angie. Whether it’s juggling financials, finding extra money in the budget for new research programs, or working with industry partners to develop useful curriculum, Angie loves coordinating it all.
“I grew up wanting to be an accountant. I earned my BS in accounting from Cal Poly and I worked for the city of Claremont [Calif.] for six years as a deputy treasurer,” she says.
“But now, accounting is just one little sliver of what I do,” she says.
“I can get other people excited about what we’re doing here because I’m excited about it myself.” Angie has seen the program grow leaps and bounds, and the IS program consistently ranks in the top 20.
“We’re working hard to produce students who are equipped with the knowledge they need in the marketplace,” she says. “Our majors have really taken off, and I predict we’re going to continue growing. Information systems and business analytics are cornerstones of the future of business. You need technology in everything you do, and data is everywhere.”
“At W. P. Carey, we’re all a team. Everyone’s efforts contribute to our success. Both staff and faculty are vital. I’m super passionate about what I do, so the fact that it’s valued is important to me,” she says.
“When you go home at the end of the day, it’s good to feel good about what you’re doing,” she says.
What do you like about your job?
My team is awesome. There’s just four staff members, each with our own unique personalities, yet we all get along and make it work.
What is one interesting or fun fact about your team/office?
At the beginning of each year, we do a “family photo.” We spend more time here than we do at home. We want to make sure everyone has a family photo in their office.
What’s your favorite W. P. Carey School event?
W. P. sCarey. We did “IS in Wonderland” a few years ago and won, so now everyone gets excited about participating and decorating.
Have you ever received especially good advice?
My dad always told me, “Remember where you came from.” Remember your roots. I came from very humble beginnings and try not to take anything for granted.
What was your first job and what did it teach you?
Bookkeeper for my dad’s business. I’ve learned to be super resourceful, to keep my eye on the big picture while making sure all the details are covered.
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I went on a motorcycle ride through Colorado. My husband and I are motorcycle enthusiasts and love riding. It wasn’t scary at all… it was actually very relaxing!
If you could be in any other career, what would it be?
I would be a chemical engineer.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I would go back to Croatia. My parents vacationed there several times while I was growing up, but it’s been a long time since I’ve visited.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
I play the drums. It’s a good way to unwind at the end of the day.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Invisibility, so I could get things done without people bothering me.
- Salty or sweet? Salty
- Coffee or tea? Coffee
- Soda or energy drink? Soda
- Cat or dog? Neither
- Truck or car? Truck
- Board games or video games? Board games
- Fiction or non-fiction? Both
- Facebook or face-to-face? Face-to-face
- Breakfast or lunch? Dinner!
- Morning person or night owl? Night owl