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Elsasser named deputy CIO for business intelligence and analytics

Jan Elsasser has been named Deputy CIO for business intelligence and analytics. Most recently, Elsasser served as assistant vice president/director of technology & information services in Student Life supporting student success and enrollment management. Over the last 25 years, she has worked in various capacities in admissions, information management, and network technologies for K-State and the K-State Foundation.

Notable projects include:

  • Oversight for K-State 360, the co-curricular tracking application
  • Expansion for CampusNexus CRM

Currently, Elsasser is leading the project team to implement a university-wide Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) solution to improve the management of student relationships for recruitment, enrollment, and student success.

Elsasser earned a bachelor’s of science in social science from Kansas State and a masters of science in human computer interaction from Iowa State University. She will serve as one of the four Deputy CIO positions who along with the CIO will make-up the executive leadership team for Information Technology Services.


Betsy Edwards retires on June 30

Betsy EdwardsElizabeth “Betsy Edwards retires on June 30 after more than 40 years of professional service to Kansas State University.  

Throughout her career, Betsy has served as a friend and colleague to many K-Staters, including IT and communications staff.  All are invited to a reception honoring her career 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, in 146 Unger Complex (rooms G & H). Cards can be sent to the OME office, 146 Unger Complex.  Continue reading “Betsy Edwards retires on June 30”

Deputy CIO position announcements

Chad Currier, chief information security officer, has been selected as the IT chief
operating officer/deputy CIO for Enterprise Technology and Betsy Draper will serve as the deputy CIO for strategy, planning, and enterprise architecture.

Currier brings a wealth of experience in managing enterprise technology to this role and will help lead K-State through significant transformation in our technical infrastructure and customer support structure. For the time being, he will continue as chief information security officer or CISO.

In May 2018, Currier joined K-State as the CISO. Prior to coming to K-State, he served as manager of the Information Security Office for Novant Health where he oversaw a comprehensive cybersecurity program for the Cybersecurity Incident Response Center of an integrated health system consisting of 15 medical centers and more than 500 physician offices.

Currier has more than twenty years of experience in IT security and infrastructure related areas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Strayer University and a graduate certificate in information security & privacy from University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Draper as the deputy CIO for strategy, planning, and enterprise architecture brings vast experience in enterprise architecture and strategy. She joined information technology services in 2016 as the associate vice provost for information technology where she led planning, portfolio and project management, served as interim CISO and worked across the university on business process analysis. She led the charge in operationalizing the IT Strategic Plan.

Prior to coming to K-State, Draper served as the chief enterprise architect and IT portfolio manager for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture with USDA in Washington, DC. Draper’s IT and higher education experience spans more than 35 years in positions ranging from instructional designer to assistant professor to chief information officer. Draper holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management information systems from Iowa State University, a Masters of Business Administration from North Dakota State University and a Doctor of Education in adult and higher education administration from the University of South Dakota.



Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation

""The search committee for the Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation has invited Mr. Scott Finkeldei to interview for the position.  Mr. Finkeldei will present an open forum on the topic of:  “Roadmap for the Development of True Technology Innovation in Higher Education” at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, in 146 G&H Unger Complex. You can also join the Zoom session.

Application materials and the position description are available on the ITS employment page.

A video of the presentation and a feedback form will be available on the Deputy CIO for Emerging Technology and Innovation Candidate Materials webpage.

If you have any questions, contact Kelly Moon (kmoon@ksu.edu).

Chief Information Security Officer candidate announced

An open forum for the Chief Information Security Officer position in Information Technology Services will be on Friday, March 2 at 10:15 a.m. in 146G/H in the Unger Complex.

The first candidate is Sunil Singh, Director II at Iowa State University in the Department of IT Services Security and Policies.

Application materials for each candidate and a link to the candidate feedback form is available from http://www.k-state.edu/its/employment/ciso-search/index.html

K-Staters are encouraged to attend the open forum presentations. For those unable to attend in person, the open forums will be recorded and archived on the website.

Additional interviews are being scheduled.

Draper appointed associate vice provost for Information Technology Services

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Betsy Draper has been appointed as the Associate Vice Provost for Information Technology Services beginning Monday, May 23, 2016. Draper will be responsible for the overall coordination of ITS strategic and investment planning, policy development, and portfolio management activities. She will also be in charge of research and analysis, including coordinating the identification, collection, tracking, and reporting of IT metrics, and the completion of industry and higher education surveys, as well as local, state and federal reports. Continue reading “Draper appointed associate vice provost for Information Technology Services”

K-State Research and Extension information technology reorganization nearly complete

By Joe Lear

The integration of K-State Research and Extension technology staff within information technology services is almost complete.

The last step is the integration of help desk and tech support functions with the IT Help Desk and client services of the Information Technology Assistance Center. This move will begin during the week of Aug. 18. As part of the move, the support number, 785-532-6270, and email, ksresupport@k-state.edu, will be forwarded to the IT Help Desk.  Continue reading “K-State Research and Extension information technology reorganization nearly complete”

Leonard Finney, Phyllis Epps, and Larry Robertson retire from K-State central IT

Three long-time employees with a cumulative 86 years of service have retired from central IT at K-State. Leonard Finney (37 years) retired from Information Technology Services. Phyllis Epps (15 years) and Larry Robertson (34 years) retired from the Information Technology Assistance Center, a section of Information Technology Services.

Continue reading “Leonard Finney, Phyllis Epps, and Larry Robertson retire from K-State central IT”

Two iTAC job openings for Microcomputer Support Technician

K-State’s Information Technology and Assistance Center is advertising two openings  for a Microcomputer Support Technician.  Qualifications:

  • Associate degree or two years of related coursework or employment in information technology
  • Required: Three years hands-on experience in configuration and administration of desktop operating systems for users in a multi-user LAN environment
  • Preferred: B.S. degree or higher in Information Technology-related field

Continue reading “Two iTAC job openings for Microcomputer Support Technician”

iTAC job opening: Computer Information Specialist

K-State’s Information Technology and Assistance Center is advertising a job opening for a Computer Information Specialist (PDF) via internal search. This position will serve as the video conferencing and collaborative technologies coordinator for the Instructional Technology section in iTAC.

Screening of applications begins Nov. 27 and will continue until the position is filled. Requirements, responsibilities, and other details are posted on the job link above. Background checks are required for successful applicants.

Submit application materials electronically to itsemployment@k-state.edu. Questions may be directed to Viki Horan at 785-532-2510, vhoran@k-state.edu.