Michael C. Kelly, Ph.D., was named the Strategic Information Manager and chief data officer for the Division of Information Technology, effective January 16, 2014. Kelly will lead the development of policies pertaining to data administration across all University of South Carolina campuses. He will coordinate and promote adherence to the new policies, recommend changes, and promote the use of data in strategic planning initiatives.
He will be an active participant in national discussions about data analytics and how the practice can assist and promote university efforts and accomplishments. He will coordinate the activities of the Data Administration Advisory Committee and promote practices that maximize privacy in the handling of data related to students, faculty and staff. He will work to develop comprehensive and cohesive approaches to the university's data analytics and predictive analytics, which align with the university's goals regarding student retention, graduation rates, faculty/staff productivity and more.
Kelly currently serves as a project manager with University Technology Services. Prior to this position, he served as the associate director for systems support and technology in undergraduate admissions, the assistant director for data management and training in undergraduate admissions, and the associate director/program director of academic enrichment and conferences.
He earned a doctor of philosophy in educational administration and a master of education in student personnel services from the University of South Carolina. He holds a bachelor of arts in history from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Bill Hogue, vice president of information technology and chief information officer, said, "Dr. Kelly has a lengthy record of success, spanning several organizational units at the University of South Carolina. He has served ably as both tactician and strategist. His voice will be a superb addition to the discussion about the future of information and about the future of higher education."