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ITS transitions smoothly through senior leadership changes


Michael Barker
Michael Barker

ITS accomplished a smooth transition through a year of meaningful senior management changes in 2019.

Two senior executives retired and two more left for opportunities at other universities. With ITS’ firm foundation and the workforce dedicated to continuing to execute established priorities, the existing leaders plus an IT executive tagged from the Triangle region together applied their vast experience to guide ITS this past year.

J. Michael Barker, an executive at ITS for a decade, began serving as Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer on January 31, 2019, upon the departure of Chris Kielt, who had led ITS since 2013. For years, Barker has overseen ITS Research Computing and ITS Teaching & Learning and he’s also Chief Technology Officer.

Kate Hash
Kate Hash

In February 2019, Kate Hash, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Communications, added the role of Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor of User Support & Engagement after Yale University recruited Sandra Germenis.

Mark Johnson, whose career encompasses more than 25 years of leadership experience in the management, engineering and operations of internet technologies, became Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Communication Technologies in January 2019. Assistant Vice Chancellor Jim Gogan retired that month after 42 years of serving UNC-Chapel Hill.

Mark Johnson

On September 30, 2019, Frances Dykstra, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enterprise Applications, retired after leading ITS management of the University’s administrative systems for nearly six years.

Mechelle Clayton
Mechelle Clayton

Enterprise Applications’ Mechelle Clayton was named interim, effective October 1, 2019. She is the director of non-PeopleSoft applications in support of Finance and Operations, the Friday Center and ITS. Her employment at Carolina spans almost 31 years of service with ITS.


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