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Vice President and University Chief Information Officer Cambridge, MA

We are pleased to announce that Harvard University has named Klara Jelinkova as vice president and University chief information officer. She assumes her new role on September 13.

Jelinkova is currently vice president for international operations and IT at Rice University. In her six years there, she led in the creation and development of a new central information technology organization and supported the growth of the Center for Research Computing. In collaboration with university-wide stakeholders, she established a dedicated endowment for research computing, creating research facilitator positions to advise faculty and a dedicated position to help faculty ensure the security of their research data. She also oversaw the integration of technology into teaching and learning on a broad scale, leading to a successful migration to entirely online learning in March 2020.

Prior to joining Rice University, Jelinkova was CIO and senior associate vice president at the University of Chicago. She has also held senior positions in IT at Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jelinkova holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and Slavic Languages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed a master’s of education at Boston University while beginning work on a doctor of education degree with Johns Hopkins University.

You may read the full press release here.


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