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Brian VerkampBrian Verkamp

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

As vice president and chief information officer, Brian Verkamp is responsible to the President of the University and serves as a member of the President’s executive cabinet. Verkamp is responsible for leading and managing all aspects of the University’s information technology services and providing executive leadership and strategic vision for the institution’s technology infrastructure, assets, security and compliance programs and information services. Verkamp has more than 20 years in information technology experience providing strategic vision and leadership in higher education technology, research, health and learning environments. He has a strong focus on student and faculty success and is a motivated leader who demonstrates inclusive practices to drive diversity in IT. Verkamp received both a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in information engineering technology from the University of Cincinnati. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Education (EdD) degree in educational leadership.

Jeff DurfeeJeff Durfee

Associate Vice President and
Chief Information Security Officer

Jeff Durfee brings over 20 years of security experience to his role as the Associate Vice-President and Chief Information Security Officer. He has been with UNF since 2003 in a variety of leadership positions and when not busy protecting UNF’s data and information, enjoys keeping active in university service. He is a past president of the A&P Association, a member of the Crisis Management Team, Technical Security Committee, Sunshine State Educational and Research Computing Alliance (SSERCA), IT Advisory Council (ITAC) and has served on EDUCAUSE advisory groups focused on higher education’s unique security issues and training opportunities. In 2013, Jeff inaugurated an annual cybersecurity symposium in conjunction with the FBI. This became a model for higher education and FBI partnerships, resulting in UNF receiving the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in 2020. 

Dmitriy BondDmitriy Bond

Associate Vice President,
Enterprise Systems

Dmitriy Bond started his progressive IT career at UNF as a student technician helping faculty and students in the Coggin College of Business. Today, he is leading the Office of Enterprise Systems for the university. From the ground up Dmitriy envisioned and built successful teams, solutions and services that help all areas of the university. He uses his skills to align IT strategy with the growing needs of the university. Dmitriy holds a master’s degree in business administration and a computer science degree from the University of North Florida.

Chris PetrelloChris Petrello

Assistant Vice President,
Campus Technology Services

Chris Petrello is an enterprise support expert and information technology professional. He has guided his career by the phrase "I'm here to help". Chris believes that success in technology begins with people. Throughout his career, Chris has focused on connecting people and technology to support them in performing their work and achieving their goals. Chris has been successful at multiple levels of technology leadership and is a creative problem solver, effective leader, and trusted partner. Prior to joining UNF, Chris worked in the Financial and Public Education sectors. Chris earned his bachelor's degree from Flagler College and his master's degree from Valdosta State University.

Kim DownsKim Downs

Director, Project Management Office

As Director of the Office of Project and Portfolio Management, Kim Downs is responsible to the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Information Technology Services.  The Office of Project and Portfolio Management provides project management services, facilitates governance of the ITS project portfolio and promotes the value of project management and business analysis across the university. Downs started her information technology career more than 40 years ago as a software developer but quickly realized her real career passion in Project and Portfolio Management. Her focus is on visibility to the portfolio, collaboration with stakeholders and selecting and successfully delivering projects that support the goals of the university.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology from the University of Missouri and is a Certified Project Management Professional.


Justin Begle

Justin Begle

Director, Academic Technology

April Johnson

April Johnson

Director, Enterprise Applications

Clay Maddox

Clay Maddox

Director, Cyberinfrastructure

Burr Watters

Burr Watters

Director, Enterprise Services

Daniel Choisser

Daniel Choisser

Associate Director, IT Service Operations

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Jason Jones

Associate Director, Architecture

Hans Priepke

Hans Priekpe

Associate Director, Enterprise Development

John Sharp

John Sharp

Associate Director, Computing Systems Engineering

Ross Bell

Ross Bell

Assistant Director, Enterprise Applications

Decato  Burke

Decato Burke

Assistant Director, AV and Conferencing

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Courtney Chambers

Assistant Director, Technology Support

JR Chambers

JR Chambers

Assistant Director, Network and Telecommunications

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Claritza Day

Assistant Director, Project Management

Michael Holmes

Michael Holmes

Assistant Director, Endpoint Management

Joseph Namey

Joseph Namey

Assistant Director, Enterprise Applications

Robert Richardson

Robert Richardson

Assistant Director, Research Technology

Judy Sherburne

Judy Sherburne

Assistant Director, Student Systems