Author - Kemal Badur

Kemal Badur is a senior leader with extensive experience in supporting and advancing technology in complex and distributed institutions. He currently serves as AVP and Chief Technology Officer, Information Technology Services at the University of Chicago, where he oversees the University’s global hybrid infrastructure, enterprise architecture, technology operations, and customer support for the enterprise. He has implemented various critical projects for the organization, including deploying and supporting collaboration technologies that enabled the campus and the health care system to switch to a hybrid environment for the pandemic. He also developed a methodology for strategic planning and led the creation of three-year roadmaps for all technology areas, along with a portfolio management process to prioritize and allocate resources to strategic projects. Kemal has also made operational excellence improvements, such as consolidating data centers and server rooms around campus to reduce institutional risk and costs and executing a $15M network upgrade program.

In addition to his leadership of the technology function, Kemal also works across the organization to deliver cultivate cross-functional collaboration and create opportunities to advance the University’s mission and vision.

Prior to his current position, Badur served as Senior Director, Infrastructure, Office of Information Technology, at the University of Minnesota. In this position, he provided leadership for the IT infrastructure function for the entire University system, delivering solutions to support teaching, research, and outreach for 25,000 staff and 65,000 students across five campuses.


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