CIO Heading Major Technology Initiatives Receives New Degree

By | July 21, 2017
Kelly Duran

Kelly Duran

Kelly Duran, Daemen College’s first-ever chief information officer, has earned a master’s degree in management with a specialization in information technology, a graduate degree she pursued while spearheading several major initiatives for the institution’s IT division.

In addition to her newly received master’s degree from Colorado State University – Global Campus, Duran holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Canisius College, and is a graduate of the Western New York Consortium of Higher Education’s Women’s Leadership Institute.

“Since being named Daemen’s CIO, Kelly has served as an outstanding leader of our information technology division and has brought many significant projects to fruition,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We applaud Kelly for furthering her education in an advanced degree program that will enhance her abilities as CIO and for doing so at the same time she has overseen essential college-wide technology efforts.”

During her tenure as CIO, Duran has led IT initiatives to launch a completely rebuilt and redesigned college Web site, create a centralized IT help desk, implement a new campus-wide phone system, establish Internet redundancy for the campus, and initiate the migration and consolidation of server rooms and equipment. She also co-chairs the college’s Data and Information Committee, and serves on the President’s Leadership Advisory Council.

“Achieving this educational goal while balancing my professional and family responsibilities was possible thanks to the wonderful support of husband and family,” said Duran.

Prior to being named CIO in 2014, Duran served as Daemen’s executive director of academic computer services and director of systems and network/systems administrator.