Vince Kellen

Industry, Technology

Vince Kellen is a Fellow of Cutter Consortium, a member of Arthur D. Little's AMP open consulting network, and a frequent Summit speaker. He is currently CIO at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), a member of UCSD’s Chancellor's Cabinet, and Vice Chancellor and CFO of the UCSD senior management team. Dr. Kellen brings a rare combination of academic, business, and IT strategy experience to his role, with a focus on strategic transformation within IT, applying leading-edge approaches to current business challenges. His 25 years of executive-level experience offers a proven track record of successfully integrating innovative applications of information technology into all aspects of teaching, learning, and student success. These innovations have resulted in markedly improved efficiencies and enhanced learning environments, as well as fruitful, collaborative relationships with researchers, faculty, staff, and students across all levels of higher education and the world. 

Previously, Dr. Kellen served as Senior Vice Provost, Analytics and Technologies at the University of Kentucky, where his areas of responsibility included institutional research and analytics, enterprise software, research computing, academic technology, IT infrastructure and cloud services, and supporting the university’s 17 colleges. Prior to that role, he was CIO for three years. Dr. Kellen also served as VP of Information Systems at DePaul University before joining the University of Kentucky. Before his CIO work, Dr. Kellen was an IT strategy consultant for Fortune 500 firms on strategic digital transformations and a professor at both the University of Kentucky and DePaul University.

Dr. Kellen has contributed in an advisory capacity to key organizations in higher education, including Educause, Internet2, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. He has also served on advisory boards to top IT companies, such as Dell, SAP, Microsoft, AT&T, Apple, and Blackboard, where he has consulted on business and IT strategies, IT organizational development, customer experience management, customer retention management, and data warehousing and analytics. He currently serves as a board member for IMS Global, a nonprofit industry and education collaborative inventing the future of educational and learning technology through standards-based, plug-and-play ecosystem architectures.

Dr. Kellen is the founder of the HANA Executive Advisory Council for SAP, which still runs today and includes all industries in best practice sharing and advice to SAP.  He is a 2019 inductee into the CIO Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding IT leaders who have significantly contributed to and profoundly influenced the IT discipline, the use of technology in business and the advancement of the CIO role. Dr, Kellen is also a recipient of CIO Magazine’s Top 100 award, Computerworld’s Honors Laureate award, InformationWeek’s Chiefs of the Year award, and one of four recipients selected globally for Dell’s annual Transformational CIO award. Dr. Kellen co-hosted with IT futurist Thornton May, “The CIO Practicum,” a regional Kentucky CIO forum. He is the author of four books on database technology and more than 250 articles and presentations on IT and business strategy topics. He holds a PhD in computer science (human-computer interaction), a master’s of science degree in e-commerce, and a bachelor of art’s degree in communications, all from DePaul University. He can be reached at