Leah Kraus currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Leah has been at NCCU since 2014, and she has over 30 years of experience in technology and education. Her work prior to being a CIO included: high school business teacher, K-12 program coordinator and director user services. In 2001 she was named CIO at Guilford College. From there, in 2007, Leah was hired by UNC Wilmington as Associate Vice Chancellor and later Interim CIO. Leah now serves as the CIO at North Carolina Central University where she started in 2014. There she is responsible for providing innovation, vision and strategic leadership for the campus. In 2019 Leah was nominated as CIO of the Year for the Women in IT Awards, and in 2015 she was named Best CIO Public University by Triangle Business Journal. She serves on industry and non-profit Boards and is called on to as a speaker at industry and leadership events. She is engaged in digital equity and inclusion work in Durham, NC and is a member of the North Carolina Digital Equity and Inclusion Council.
The purpose of the inaugural CyberRISK Workshop was to bring together CIOs and CISOs from regional Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in order to introduce effective, community-developed and -coordinated cybersecurity protections and cyberinfrastructure (CI).