Leadership Team

Chris Kielt

Chris Kielt
Interim Chief Information Officer

Chris Kielt has held a variety of administrative positions during his 34 years serving higher education. He began his HE career at Yale managing technology at the School of Management and later worked in various settings that included leadership technology roles in Yale’s Facilities Management organization, Student Administration, Distributed Computing, Administrative Computing, Finance, and Capital IT Project Management. His tenure at Yale included serving for eight years as the chief operating officer for the University’s ERISA-based HMO, and he returned to a technology leadership role as Deputy Chief Information Officer where his duties included the management of Yale’s Information Security team. During his time at Yale he led major portions of the Y2K changeover, oversaw the technical implementation of the Banner Student Information System, planned and implemented the IDX’s Medical Practice Management applications as well as Yale’s move to a modern ERP, Oracle’s E-Business Suite.

His post-Yale experiences include work as the Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook University where he managed successful initiatives to modernize the campus network, expand and enhance wireless coverage, replace a legacy Lotus Notes application with Google’s G-suite for education, and recaste IT fiscal management practices. He was subsequently appointed Vice Chancellor for Information Technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he oversaw a staff of 400 and a budget in excess of $80m. His work at UNC included the implementation of Oracle’s Finance, HR and Payroll PeopleSoft applications, various information security initiatives, and the adoption and implementation of MS’ Office365 and Adobe’s Creative Cloud for faculty, staff and students. Chris moved on to Washington University in St. Louis where he supported efforts to improve IT service and governance, developed key digital transformation initiatives in the areas of business intelligence and collaboration software, and led the technology support response for campus during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most recently Chris served as the Interim Chief Information Officer at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania during its search for a permanent CIO.

Chris and his wife, Patti, have two adult sons and five grandchildren. The couple resides in Saint Simons, GA.


Carlos Lobato
Interim Chief Information Security Officer
Carlos attended NMSU and received a Bachelors in accounting, a Bachelors Business Computer Systems, and a Masters in Business Administration. Carlos has been working for NMSU since January 2012.

Trust, but verify.
— Ronald Reagan

In 2012, Lobato became NMSU’s first IT compliance officer for the NMSU system to ensure information technology compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations. In 2017, he was appointed by Chancellor Dan Arvizu to the position of chief privacy officer for the NMSU system, where he implemented a privacy program, conducting IT risk assessments, promoting IT and data security-related training and awareness programs and monitoring NMSU systems via auditing and compliance activities in support of the university’s mission and goals.

With more than 20 years of professional experience in the corporate and banking industry, higher education and local government entities, Lobato is among participants in the NACUBO Emerging Leaders Program representing 58 institutions in 27 states, ranging from roles in academic or auxiliary business units to officers in central administrative roles.

Lobato was raised in Mexico with Spanish as his first language. He emigrated to New Mexico as a teenager and graduated from Deming High School, going on earn two bachelor’s degrees from NMSU in 2000 in business computer systems and accounting. He also earned his master’s degree in business administration at NMSU. He is a current licensed certified public accountant (CPA) in New Mexico and holds various professional auditing and information security certifications.


Robert Doyle

Chief Privacy Officer/IT Compliance Officer

Robert Doyle joined NMSU in October 2000. He currently serves as the NMSU systems Interim Chief Privacy Officer/IT Compliance Officer and is a College Assistant Professor. Robert received his Bachelor of Engineering Technology- ICT in August 2012 from NMSU. He has taught at NMSU in several capacities since 2004. Robert served as a Teaching Technician IV/Instructor for many years and was previously the systems IT Auditor. He was also an Assistant professor at Dona Ana-NMSU for four years. Robert was also a Distinguished Alumni in 2014 and is currently a member of ISACA, the Association of College and University Auditors (ACUA), and the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Educause, and National Cybersecurity Association and holds various networking and information security certifications. In addition, Robert has served as Board President with La Casa Inc. He has volunteered with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Spaceport America Cup, NMSU Foundation, NMSU Alumni Association, and other community agencies. Robert also established the David Valdez Memorial Cybersecurity Endowed Scholarship to help DACC students pursue a career in Cybersecurity.


Randey BamfordRandey Bamford
Planning Officer/ Director of Student Technology & Planning
Randey attended college at NMSU and received a Bachelor’s in Biology.  He then received a Masters degree in English.

You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din!
Rudyard Kipling



Dianna FryeDianna Frye
Business Affairs Officer
Dianna attended college at Western New Mexico University (WNMU) where she received a Bachelors in Business Accounting.  Dianna has been working for NMSU since October of 2006.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein


Pamela JeffriesPamela Jeffries
Enterprise Application Service Director
Pam earned her BBA in Business Computer Systems and a minor in Economics. She has served in a variety of roles during her tenure with NMSU’s central IT organization including IT Manager, Financial Information Services, IT Assistant Director, Enterprise Application Services and most recently IT Assistant Director, Project Management Office.



Lori MontoyaLori Montoya
Director, Analytics & Decision Support, ICT Computer Center

Lori earned a Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Computer Systems from NMSU. Lori started her career at NMSU in 2000 in the Financial Aid & Scholarship department. Early in her career, she served in a systems analyst role to support the implementation of the Banner Student and Financial Aid modules. In 2006, Lori transitioned into a reporting role under the Administration and Finance Division where the focus changed to reporting and data modeling on Finance and Human Resource data. In her current role as the Director of Analytics and Decision Support, she is focused on progressing data analytics, data warehousing and institutional reporting across all the enterprise to support NMSU’s mission and strategic plan.


Diana DugasDiana Dugas
Instruction and Research Support Director, ICT Computer Center

Diana Dugas earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Rice University (2007, Houston, TX) and her double B.S. in Biology and Mathematics at Southwestern University (Georgetown, TX). In Spring 2014, Diana started at NMSU as a post-doc in Biology before transitioning to ICT in Fall 2016 as the Cyber Infrastructure Architect.

Mother Earth is our first teacher. She has informed us that oneness does not equal sameness. She shows us this through the harmonious balance that is held in the rich biodiversity that exists within our world. To achieve oneness we must transcend our differences and embrace the integration of every individual aspect of humanity into the whole, knowing that all healthy systems are comprised of complexity and an abundance of diversity.
— Sherri Mitchell Weh’na Ha’mu Kwasset


Curtis EwingCurtis Ewing
Computing and Communication Infrastructure Director

Too much sanity may be madness – and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be.
— Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra




BJ Maestas

BJ Maestas
Interim Director, Student & Business Solutions

BJ Maestas earned his Bachelor of Business Computer Systems from NMSU. BJ started his career in developing software for top banks in the US and also did some consulting. He started at NMSU in 2004 in the Financial Systems Administration office as a Leads Systems Analyst and helped implement Banner Finance & Security. BJ has had many roles supporting Administration & Finance including Project Manager and Interim Director. The current role he is in supports many of the IT needs and systems for Student Success, Administration & Finance, and Auxiliary Administration.