UofM names Jeff Delaney new CIO 

Jeff Delaney CIO of University of Memphis

December 18, 2023 —The University of Memphis introduced Jeff Delaney to its leadership team as the new Chief Information Officer, bringing on a business-minded IT professional with more than two decades of university-related experience. 

Prior to coming to the UofM, Delaney was the vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

“Coming from a similar technology background as Jeff, I saw he had a keen understanding of the multi-layered role a CIO has and its importance to the very structure of an institution,” said UofM President Dr. Bill Hardgrave. “His dedication to iterative IT improvement through innovation will help lead our University to greater achievements as we strengthen our research enterprise while optimizing our operational excellence.” 

Among Delaney’s many accomplishments at Kennesaw State were securing a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project with the Research division to build a storage cluster for the Open Science Grid Consortium, implementing an RFID tracking system for IT assets and adopting the Agile project management framework for development projects. 

“I am proud and honored to become part of the University of Memphis leadership as the new Chief Information Officer,” said Delaney. “There are so many wonderful and exciting things going on at the University and it seems as though technology underpins it all. I am committed to the bold strategic plan of the University and look forward to helping advance our commitment to research with relevance and ongoing student success.” 

Throughout his IT career, Delaney has focused on developing IT policies, leading governance initiatives on data and privacy, and finding efficiencies through audits and sustainable budget models. 

Before Kennesaw State, Delaney was at the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, Savannah State University, Georgia College & State University and Macon State College. Delaney received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems from the University of Maryland, his master’s in Management Information Systems from Georgia College & State University and his EdD from the University of Georgia. 

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