Chris Kielt, Vice Chancellor for IT & CIO at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Chris Kielt

During the past year, Chris Kielt, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, did what he always does. He led the Information Technology Services team in its support and enrichment of technology offerings and services at UNC-Chapel Hill.

To name just a few recent accomplishments, ITS made available Adobe Creative Cloud licenses to all students and to 2,000 instructional faculty and staff, and the department introduced new high-end compute clusters to enable the work of the University’s world-class researchers. The organization also consolidated servers across campus and collaborated with the community to increase fiber connectivity.

Publication honors Kielt

It was amid these accomplishments that Kielt was honored this year as the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the Triangle Business Journal’s 2016 CIO Awards. While the publication honored the winners at an August event, the Business Journal only just recently made available to non-subscribers the story that it published about Kielt.

No place like Carolina

In that article, Kielt told the publication that he could not envision working anywhere but Carolina. “I can’t imagine an organization that has greater variety,” he said. “I’ve had an opportunity to look through the lens of a university when it comes to technology.”

Highlights work with students

When asked about an idea or innovation he has brought to the ITS organization, Kielt cited extensive work with Carolina students on a variety of projects, including students who developed the CarolinaGO mobile app and those who partnered with ITS on administrative systems to improve students’ access.

For the list of all the winners of the 2016 CIO Awards, also read the Business Journal’s July 11 article.

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