Meet the Staff: Kenneth Whitelaw, M.S. M.I.I.T.

WhitelawKen150Kenneth Whitelaw is the Chief Information Officer for Granite State College. He holds a Master’s Degree in Managing Innovation and Information Technology from Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont and a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from the State University of New York at Binghamton, New York. Ken will be furthering his studies at GSC and is looking forward to starting the Leadership Program in the fall.

Ken has been with GSC for five months and has over twenty years of experience in Information Technology. Prior to coming to GSC he worked at Babson College, as the Associate Director of Advancement Systems; Trudeau Institute as the Director of Information and Research Technology; and Paul Smiths College as the Director of Information Technology.

Ken’s role at GSC is to manage the Integrated Technology and Services Department which encompasses supporting four areas which are Infrastructure, Enterprise Systems, Educational Technology, and the Service Desk. His focus is planning IT strategy to strengthen GSC’s organizational mission and vision, and promote our business goals.

He remarks, “priorities are the infrastructure and working to stabilize and secure our systems.  We are focused on improving server and network security, phone system function, backup systems, and SOPs for system recovery.” He is currently working on multiple initiatives for the college such as enhancing student advising usage in Degree Works, planning improvements to NH Transfer, updating Banner capabilities, continuing the implementation of Salesforce, security enhancements and system modernization.

Ken is busy with multiple projects to make sure our technology performs efficiently and effectively to meet the changing needs of the College. 

When asked about what he does for fun outside the office, “I have more hobbies than you could shake a stick at or than I have time for.  I enjoy martial arts, motorcycle riding, and the occasional hike.”  When asked to share some of his resources and techie stuff that he dabbles in, “Technical fun at ACM and SANS web sites, as well as Gizmodo and Engadget.” He loves podcasts such as, “Security Now, This Week in Tech, The Packet Pushers Podcast and Healthy Paranoia, and for fun Iain Abernethy and Martial Secrets.”

To contact Ken, send an email to kenneth.whitelaw@granite.edu.