The Brigham Young University CIO Leadership Team
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CIO Leadership Team

Kelly Flanagan

KELLY FLANAGAN — Chief Information Officer

Kelly Flanagan is currently Chief Information Officer and the Vice President of Information Technology for Brigham Young University. His organizations are responsible for campus computing, telephony, network infrastructure, campus software development, printing and mail, supercomputing, and a global operations center. As CIO he has championed the implementation of Service-Oriented Architecture with a customer-centered focus, and is currently spearheading a University API and Domain of One’s Own project that will be implemented throughout BYU OIT. 

In addition to the responsibilities associated with these positions, Kelly is the current CIO for the all of the educational institutions belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho, Laie, Hawaii, and LDS Buisness College). Kelly continues to mentor students in Computer Science where he has been a professor since 1993. He has published numerous technical papers, acquired significant external research funding, and has won several awards. Kelly received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1993 from BYU and worked for nearly a year at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon before returning as a member of the BYU faculty.

Christine Tolman

CHRISTINE TOLMAN — Enterprise Architect

Chris is excited to draw on more than thirty years of higher education experience in her new role as Enterprise Architect to discover new ways of using technology to enhance students’ university experiences and to assist university department s in meeting their challenges.    After spending the first part of her higher education career working with Graduate Studies in numerous roles where she created internationally recognized innovative programs using technology, she was invited to found and manage the Enterprise Solutions Support Group at BYU.    Following her assignment as Managing Director for that group, she served as Special Assistant to the CIO/VP Technology where she was responsible for strategic planning, assessment and CES-wide IT coordination.

This latest assignment is just her newest adventure.  As one of her favorite authors, Mark Twain said “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.  Discover .”   It is that spirit of exploration, dreaming and discovery that Chris finds in working in the field of technology and in her avocations of traveling, reading, architecture, and in being her family’s “handyman.”   An alum of BYU with degrees in Economics and Statistics, she is married to Stephen Tolman and has two practically perfect sons and four absolutely perfect grandchildren

Phil Windley

PHIL WINDLEY — Enterprise Architect

Phil Windley joined the Office of the CIO in May of 2014. Prior to accepting the Enterprise Architect position at BYU, Phil was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Kynetx. Kynetx provide a cloud-based application platform that is uniquely architected to use events, personal data, and APIs to create social products and services. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University where he teaches courses on reputation, digital identity, large-scale system design, and programming languages. Phil writes the popular Technometria blog and is a frequent contributor to various technical publications. He is also the author of the books The Live Web published by Course Technology in 2011 and Digital Identity published by O'Reilly Media in 2005.

Phil spent two years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Utah, serving on Governor Mike Leavitt's Cabinet and as a member of his Senior Staff. Before entering public service, Phil was Vice President for Product Development and Operations at Excite@Home. He was the Founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of iMALL, Inc. an early creator of electronic commerce tools. Phil serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards for several high-tech companies. Phil received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Univ. of California, Davis in 1990.

Chris Williams

CHRIS WILLIAMS — Executive Assistant

Chris Williams is the Executive Assistant for the Office of the CIO. Prior to joining the CIO/OIT team, Chris worked for Fusion-io, Corda Technologies (now Domo, Inc.), and Nu Skin International. A two-time graduate of BYU, Chris received her B.A. in English and M.A. in Linguistics with an emphasis in visual information design and editing. An editor by education and work experience, Chris works well as a hub for communication between the CIO and OIT offices.

Chris is a member of Administrative Professionals, an OPAC board member, and has completed certification for VMware Sales Professional for VMware 5.1. She spends the rest of her time working on International Latin routines and teaching social dance with her husband, Brice, a professor of aviation at UVU, and keeping up with four children, ages 12 to 22.