Ms. Leah Kraus has been appointed North Carolina Central University’s new chief information officer (CIO). She will begin her appointment on Feb. 3.
“As CIO, Ms. Kraus will be 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,” said NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White. “I have charged Ms. Kraus with enhancing the institution’s technological capabilities and assessing the institution’s websites.”
She will upgrade the technology infrastructure and business systems to provide first class support that enhances teaching, learning and research and improves the operational effectiveness and efficiency of the university through the use of technology. In this role, Kraus and the ITS division will offer the NCCU community excellent customer service as part of our ongoing focus on Eagle Excellence.
Kraus comes to NCCU with more than 20 years of experience in education and technology. She has served at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as associate vice chancellor for services for the past seven years and as interim chief information officer since 2011.
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, 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 student digital portfolio initiative and directed a network upgrade. Ms. Kraus began her career with Guilford County Schools.
Kraus earned a bachelor of science in Office Systems Administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and master of Education, Supervision and Instructional Technology, also from UNCG.