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The University has tapped an acting administrator to be its next vice chancellor for information technology and chief information officer.
Chris Kielt became interim vice chancellor in February after Larry Conrad left UNC to become chief information officer and associate vice chancellor for information technology at the University of California at Berkeley.
Kielt’s appointment, effective July 1, was approved Thursday by the Board of Trustees.
Kielt will lead a multifaceted, campuswide information technology services staff that oversees all administrative and academic computing services and initiatives from telephones to academic support. His office is responsible for network security for the entire campus and oversees ConnectCarolina, a major campuswide effort to streamline and integrate the computing systems that manage student information, human resources, payroll and finance.
Kielt came to the University last fall as the associate vice chancellor for administrative systems and business transformation from Stony Brook University, where he was the chief information officer. He has more than 25 years of higher education administrative experience. In more than two decades at Yale University, he was deputy chief information officer overseeing ITS application development and worked in client support, systems infrastructure and information security.
He also worked in the private sector with Kreg Corp. and MediFlex Systems Corp. in Connecticut and Georgia, respectively.
Bruce Carney, executive vice chancellor and provost, announced the move in a campus email message. He consulted with Chancellor Holden Thorp ’86, Chancellor-elect Carol Folt and other administrative colleagues in recommending Kielt’s appointment. Folt also begins as chancellor on July 1.
“Chris has proven exceptionally effective in his interim role, and I am confident that he has the skills we need to lead and protect the University’s complex information technology infrastructure in the future,” Carney said.
Carney cited Kielt’s experience in large-scale enterprise resources planning implementations and project management as a major asset as the University continues to convert the human resources, payroll and finance systems to PeopleSoft, the software supporting ConnectCarolina.
Kielt’s appointment is expected to help the campus stay on schedule for those implementation plans, Carney said.
A native of Freeport, N.Y., Kielt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Fairfield University and earned a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Notre Dame.