Kelly Doney Named CIO of Villanova University; Kenneth G. Valosky Quoted

Villanova University has announced the appointment of Kelly Doney as Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective Feb. 3, 2019, the university reported on Monday

“The field of information technology continues to evolve, and universities must always have an eye on emerging technologies, best practices and regulatory requirements. Kelly brings strong leadership, as well as technical knowledge and experience managing the changing technology of higher education,”said Kenneth G. Valosky, the  executive vice president of Villanova University.

Doney will lead the university-wide information technology (IT) program and infrastructure to improve the university’s technological development. She will also oversee technology infrastructure, information security, network, enterprise resource planning (ERP), tech support, card systems, communication systems, instructional technology and application development.

Doney has served in a variety of senior leadership roles with Ellucian since 2015, including VP of management consulting, VP of global partner success and, most recently, VP of digital transformation. 

She has held the position since Jan. 2019, where she has addressed long-term support, growth and regulatory requirements of California Community Colleges. She also has diagnosed and implemented operational improvements to integrate support team functions and provide project status transparency through automated tooling.

Prior to her career at Ellucian, she served as associate vice president for enterprise applications at Georgetown University between Jan. 2013 and Oct. 2015. In the role, she developed the strategic plan for Georgetown’s technology solutions, led the enterprise team and managed an $8 million/ year portfolio in the execution of strategy.

She also worked with Deloitte as a senior manager from Feb. 2010 to Dec. 2012. At the company, she  developed new business sales targets and managed concurrent IT strategy and technology transformation projects for federal government customers. 

Doney served as IT program manager at Booz Allen Hamilton between June 1999 and Jan. 2010. As manager, she  managed complex software development programs and concurrent contract deliveries, including a $21 million custom software development and operational support contract for a biometric-enabled, mission critical intelligence system. 

She began her career at Exxon Biomedical Sciences, Inc. as human factors consultant in May 1996 and remained in the role until Dec. 1997. 

“I look forward to joining Villanova just as the University is beginning to execute its new Strategic Plan,” said Doney. “As a leader in higher education technology, I have seen firsthand how technology can transform the student experience, enhance the research mission and enrich teaching and learning.”

About Villanova University

Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. 

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