Collegis Education Appoints Colleen O'Keefe as Chief Operating Officer

O'Keefe to oversee company's information technology, analytics and digital content efforts

Mar 04, 2014, 12:07 ET from Collegis Education

CHICAGO, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Collegis Education today announced the appointment of Colleen O'Keefe as its new chief operating officer. O'Keefe is an accomplished technology executive with a unique blend of global operating and information technology (IT) service experiences, as well as product development and customer care expertise. For the past six months, she's served as interim chief information officer for Collegis Education and has led the company's IT department. In her new role as COO, O'Keefe will be responsible for all operational aspects of Collegis, including IT, digital content and curriculum development and analytics. In addition, she will provide guidance around the company's sales and marketing initiatives.  

"Colleen has done a terrific job leading the company's IT department as interim CIO, and we know she will continue to excel in her new role as COO," said Collegis Education Board of Directors chairman, Robert E. King. "Colleen brings with her more than 30 years industry experience and has an impressive track record as an agent of change through product development, resource optimization, key account management and the development of emerging leaders. Her experience and expertise will be invaluable as the company helps education institutions across the country transition and enter into the world of customized and engaging digital content."

Prior to joining Collegis Education, O'Keefe served as Senior Vice President and General Manager – Collaborations Solutions and Global Services at Novell. In that role, she led a team of more than one thousand and ran the company's largest revenue and margin producing business unit. Her responsibilities included overall strategy, product development and management, consulting services and technical support and training. O'Keefe also worked at premier companies such as NCR Corporation where she served as Vice President and General Manager Payment Solutions, Global Crossing and AT&T.

Currently, O'Keefe serves on the Board of Directors for Story and Structure, a software design and consulting firm focused on higher education. She has also been an active member of the Rasmussen College Strategy Board since 2009 where she has made significant contributions to the College's Schools of Business and Technology. O'Keefe also serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

O'Keefe completed the Stanford Executive Education Program in 2004. She earned an MBA from the University of Hartford and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross.

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Collegis Education is a technology-based services company that offers industry-leading education solutions for colleges and universities of every size in every sector. Using an analytical approach, Collegis Education empowers education institutions to make a broader impact by providing insights that improve student outcomes, optimize expenses and increase revenue. The leadership team at Collegis Education brings 40 years of experience integrating technology into the delivery of education. Currently, the infrastructures established by Collegis Education support more than 27,000 students nationwide. For more information about Collegis Education, please visit

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