George Kahkedjian, Vice Chancellor Information Technology Services480.731.8102
George Kahkedjian currently serves as the Vice Chancellor Information Technology Services of the Maricopa Community Colleges. In previous roles, he served as the Vice Chancellor in the Connecticut State University System. Previous to joining CSUS system office, George held several leadership roles at the University of Connecticut, served as the VP for IT at Columbus State Community College, and as the CIO at Eastern Connecticut State University. Throughout his career in higher education, he has taught numerous courses and delivered training to community members, teachers, undergraduate students, graduate students and international professionals from several different countries. Mr. Kahkedjian has led training programs in Kenya and in Tanzania and provided consulting to domestic and foreign organizations.
George's professional experience includes providing leadership for the implementation of a wide range of technologies and related services in areas such as libraries, telecommunications, ERP's, online education, media services, institutional research and planning, institutional effectiveness and assessment.
George Kahkedjian's academic background includes a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY), a M.A. in Education from St. Joseph College (CT), and Master of Public Affairs from the University of Connecticut. He is also an ABD in Political Science at the University of Connecticut.
Associate Vice Chancellors and Directors
Mark DeMaio, Associate Vice Chancellor
Chief Information Officer
Mark DeMaio currently serves in Office of Information Technology Services as the Associate Vice Chancellor, Chief Information Officer, of Maricopa Community Colleges. He has twenty-eight years of information technology, management, operations and consulting experience in the Higher Education, Health Care, Financial Services, High-Tech and Public Sector industries. Mark has focused on helping organizations achieve academic and business results through executive leadership and implementation of business driven solutions and organization realignment. He has held several IT executive positions and has managed collaborative multi-organization teams through complex business transformation programs involving over 400 people each. Throughout his career, Mark has successfully delivered program management, systems selection, outsourcing, and enterprise systems implementation programs.
Prior to joining Maricopa Community Colleges, Mark served as the Program Manager for the implementation of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions at Washington State University. Mark was also the Chief Information Officer for AmeriChoice, an Arizona Medicaid health care organization. Mark has also served in advisory and management roles at University of Arizona, Miami University (Ohio), Nassau County, SUNY Stony Brook and Dayton Ohio City Schools.
Larry Williams, Associate Vice Chancellor
Chief Technology Officer
Larry Williams currently serves in Office of Information Technology Services as the Associate Vice Chancellor, Chief Technology Officer, of Maricopa Community Colleges. Over a career that spans 18 years, Larry has worked in various capacities for both public and private sector organizations. Prior to joining Maricopa Community Colleges, Larry served as a Senior Architect Consultant for Hannaford Supermarkets. Previous to joining Hannaford, Larry worked as a Technical Project Manager Consultant for several commercial clients including Nationwide Insurance Company in Columbus, OH, and Sedgwick Claims Management Services in Memphis, TN.
Larry's public sector exposure includes serving as the Senior Oracle/PeopleSoft Admin Consultant for New York University during their implementation of Campus Solutions 9.0 and Portal 9.1 projects, Senior Infrastructure Architect for the University of Akron during their database conversion project for their PeopleSoft applications that included Campus Solutions, Human Capital Management, Financials, and Portal. Additionally, Larry has served in technical leadership roles for the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia).
Larry Williams' academic background includes a B.S. in Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is a Certified Peoplesoft/Oracle Technical Consultant.
Owen Callahan, Director
Owen Callahan currently serves in the Office of Information Technology Services as the Director of the Project Management Office. He has fourteen years of experience with information technology, project and program management, and consulting experience in the Higher Education and Commercial sectors. Throughout his career, Owen has helped organizations improve their project management capabilities and increase their ability to deliver business solutions effectively.
Prior to joining Maricopa County Community College District, Owen directed the delivery of a suite of functional, technical and project management services to universities and colleges throughout the United States. His experience also includes planning, oversight and support for the implementation of Project and Program Management Offices (clients include University of South Florida, University of Florida, University of Akron), as well as project management for ERP implementations, upgrades and custom development projects (clients includes University of South Florida, George Washington University, University of North Carolina - Greensboro, Lorain County Community College).
Jon Clark, Assistant Director
Finance and Planning
The Finance and Planning Office oversees and administrates the annual budget for Information Technology Services. This includes authorizing and processing of purchase requests, purchase and maintenance contract negotiations and district-wide coordination of maintenance and service contracts for shared services against Capital and Operational budgets. Personnel needs are processed through this office under the direction of the Vice Chancellor Information Technology Services.
Keli Cole, Assistant Director
Communications / Information and Instructional Technology Governance Liaison
The Communications and IT Governance Office focuses on promoting, complimenting and communicating new directional goals of the Vice Chancellor Information Technology Services as well as facilitates resolution for concerns regarding shared services. As a relationship liaison to all areas of the Maricopa institution, this office provides development, guidance, training and communication for the Information and Instructional Governance processes.
Steve Creswell, Director
IT Policy and External Affairs
IT Policy and External Affairs is responsible for development of administrative regulations and policies relating to IT Systems and associated data ownership, access, and usage. This includes, but is not limited to, developing regulations and policies for online access to applications and data, extraction of data for analysis and reporting, application and data security and ensuring compliance with regulations such as records retention, industry credit card guidelines and other internal & external policies. In addition to working with the Vice Chancellor Information Technology, Security Advisory Council, and Maricopa's Office of Public Stewardship, IT Policy and External Affairs will work with external legislative, educational, strategic entities and vendors to develop regulations and policies based on Maricopa requirements combined with industry best practices.
Rod Marten, Assistant Director
Chief Technology Architect
The Technology Architect Office provides leadership in planning the overall technology direction for the enterprise as well as evaluating new technology for both existing operations and for emerging business opportunities. The technical architecture should maximize connectivity and collaboration, appropriate and secure access to information from any place, at any time, and from any device. In collaboration with all colleges and central IT units, the Technology Architect Office develops and maintains published standards for the implementation and adoption of technology. Activities for the Technology Architect Office include identification of opportunities for the innovative use of technology to support a dynamic educational environment, while simultaneously decreasing costs through reuse, shared use and standardization.