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The Division of Information Technology

Chief Data Officer

The Chief Data Officer (CDO) provides system-wide leadership for governing university data and information assets to ensure the availability of data for making decisions that support the mission, goals and strategic priorities of the eight campuses and Palmetto College.

Dr. Mike Kelly serves at the Chief Data Officer (CDO) for the University of South Carolina. Working with senior university officials, the CDO promotes the value of data as a shared asset, advocates investments of resources, and manages personnel and processes that improve the quality, integrity, and availability of data. He helps ensure data is used for the betterment of academic programs, administrative services, operational efficiency, research, and student outcomes.

The CDO works to develop and implement a data and information governance framework and leads data/information governance through the development of policies and standards. Data and information governance programs address data stewardship, data standards, data quality and integrity assurance, identity and access management, and reporting, analytics, and decision support.

Dr. Kelly chairs the system-wide Data Stewardship council, balancing the interests and responsibilities of Data Trustees, Data Stewards, and other stakeholders to reduce risks associated with data and to align business processes and reporting capabilities with legal, regulatory, and compliance requirements. He provides leadership and guidance for initiatives across the decentralized, eight-campus system that align data practices with strategic priorities, institutional reporting, and analytics.

Contact Dr. Kelly at or (803) 777-5230.

Links to university data resources and policies can be found using the sublinks to the left.