DPS Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts announces appointment of Diane Jones as CIO & Chief Strategic Officer

Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts has appointed Diane Jones to the position of CIO (Chief Information Officer) & Chief Strategic Officer (CSO).

Jones has been the Chief Information Officer for Detroit Public Schools since August 2010 and recently gained the added duties of Chief Strategic Officer in July 2012.

As the CIO, Jones is responsible for balancing risk and value by properly integrating people, process, policy and technology to ensure performance.

Jones’ added responsibilities as the CSO call for her to evaluate operations and strategies that are distinct parts of the business ( such as a focusing on leading the department in the present), and looking to the future to frame strategies that allow for continuous adjustment to fast-changing conditions.

Prior to Jones’ appointment to the CIO position, she served as interim CIO for one year, bringing more than 20 years of experience in Strategic, Tactical and Development Planning, Business Management Systems, IT Governance and Business Process Improvement with high-profile companies including Compuware Corporation, Ford Motor Company and Wayne State University.

During her tenure as CIO, Jones has led a transformation of the Information and Technology Division, positioning it to achieve greater operating efficiency, effectiveness and customer service across the district.

In the past two years, Jones has successfully led initiatives including:

  • A more than $7.5 million savings to the district resulting from vendor management and process improvements within the IT Division.
  • A high-speed wireless internet strategy that gives access to every school, making DPS one of the nation’s largest PreK-12 districts to achieve full wireless capabilities.
  • The implementation of a new and more robust district email system.
  • The infusion of millions of dollars of technology into DPS classrooms as she developed processes and the deployment of more than 4,000 teacher stations and 40,000 Netbooks.

“Diane’s efforts have broadened the use of technology across the district while empowering students and teachers to increase their learning and instruction capacity,” Roberts said. “She will continue to leverage her process re-engineering, organizational capabilities and advancements in technology tools to frame strategic requirements of the schools and business departments.”

In her new role, Jones cited her three main objectives in using technology to strengthen the district which include: Partnering with the Academics Department to introduce more digital tools that align with the educational needs of students; providing executive leadership and vision for the strategic development and management of information, resources and technology to support district-wide goals; and providing training for employees to understand and effectively utilize the technology in their schools and in the central offices.

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