Leah Kraus serves as chief information officer (CIO) at North Carolina Central University. She began her appointment at NCCU on Feb 3, 2014.
Ms. Kraus is responsible for providing innovative vision, strategy, and leadership for the coordination of technology policy and planning and for the management of technology systems in the instructional, research, and administrative functions of the university. Over the course of her tenure, Ms. Kraus has enhanced the institution’s technological capabilities. She has upgraded the technology infrastructure and business systems to provide first-class support that continues to enhance teaching, learning, and research and improve the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the university through the use of technology.
Ms. Kraus came to NCCU with more than 20 years of experience in education and technology. She served at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) as associate vice chancellor for services for seven years and as interim chief information officer for three years. At UNCW, her accomplishments included the development of a new governance structure, including the IT Strategic Planning and Resource Council, Systems Coordination Council, Academic Advisory Council, Student Advisory Council, and IT Liaisons; the reorganization of client technology services; and the establishment of a self-sustaining technology store.
Prior to serving at UNCW, Ms. Kraus worked at Guilford College, where she was chief information officer and director of user services. At Guilford College, she introduced the Moodle open-source learning management system, led a student digital portfolio initiative, and directed a network upgrade. Ms. Kraus began her career with Guilford County Schools.
Ms. Kraus earned a bachelor of science in office systems administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and a master of education, supervision, and instructional technology, also from UNCG.