Villanova U. hires former Ellucian executive as CIO

Kelly Doney, a former federal IT consultant and executive with the edtech firm Ellucian, will start as the university's tech chief next month.
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Villanova University on Tuesday announced the hire of former Ellucian executive, Kelly Doney, to serve as chief information officer and lead the university’s information technology program beginning on Feb. 3.

“The CIO position requires a visionary leader with expertise in both the business and technical practices of the University, and Kelly has that vision, along with the expertise, to lead Villanova in this area as we move into the next decade,” university president Rev. Peter Donohue, said in a statement.

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Bringing with her more than 20 years of IT experience, Doney will as CIO oversee all aspects of university IT including managing technology infrastructure, information security, tech support, communication systems, instructional technology and application development. Her work will also serve to support the university’s new strategic IT plan, which aims to give students more digital learning opportunities and tailor students education to better meet their needs.


“As a leader in higher education technology, I have seen firsthand how technology can transform the student experience, enhance the research mission and enrich teaching and learning,” Doney said in a press release. “As each generation of students enters the University, they bring with them a new set of digital experiences and expectations.”

Doney is coming to Villanova University from Ellucian, a leading education software and service provider, where she served as vice president and worked to develop relationships between leaders in higher education from across industries. Doney also worked for Georgetown University as an associate vice president for enterprise applications as well as the management consultancy firms Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte Consulting, where she managed technology strategies, modernization and software development contracts for the federal government.

Doney received her master’s degree in experimental psychology from Syracuse University and earned her bachelor’s degree in music and psychology at Ithaca College in New York.

Betsy Foresman

Written by Betsy Foresman

Betsy Foresman was an education reporter for EdScoop from 2018 through early 2021, where she wrote about the virtues and challenges of innovative technology solutions used in higher education and K-12 spaces. Foresman also covered local government IT for StateScoop, on occasion. Foresman graduated from Texas Christian University in 2018 — go Frogs! — with a BA in journalism and psychology. During her senior year, she worked as an intern at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and moved back to the capital after completing her degree because, like Shrek, she feels most at home in the swamp. Foresman previously worked at Scoop News Group as an editorial fellow.

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