PCC announces new Chief Information Officer to guide information technology team

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Piedmont Community College (PCC) welcomes N. Kumar Lakhavani as Chief Information Officer with responsibilities that include overseeing the management of the College’s administrative technology resources.

N. Kumar Lakhavani, Chief Information Officer, PCCBefore arriving at PCC, Lakhavani served as Diplomat and Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State. His service included a two-year tour at the US Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine and a two-year tour at the US Embassy in Lima, Peru. He also completed a seven-week special assignment as Information Operations Officer in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Lakhavani served from 2008 to 2012 as the Director of Information Services and Adjunct Faculty member in Computer Information Science department at Alamance Community College (ACC) in Graham, NC.

Prior to his time at ACC, Lakhavani was the Regional Director for Asia for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief where he managed a budget of $31M and staff in seven Asian countries. He has managed projects and programs in Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Haiti, Costa Rica, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan.

He also has served as Country Director of the United States Peace Corps in Guyana, South America. In 2002, Lakhavani received Presidential Appointment as a Special Assistant at the United States Agency for International Development. During his three-year appointment, Lakhavani re-engineered Technology, Human Resources, Financial Management, Administrative Services and Procurement.

Before coming to USAID, Kumar worked as a Senior Manager for Deloitte Consulting where he managed projects in Western Europe and Central America. He managed staff and IT programs in United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. He also has managed numerous IT implementation projects for KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“PCC is very fortunate to have Kumar leading our IT operations in Person and Caswell Counties,” said Richard Self, Vice President, Administrative Services. “His strong background in IT, IT Security, accounting, and business administration along with his recent experience with Alamance Community College provides him the particular knowledge of community college software. He is very much a hands on CIO which will be a tremendous asset to the IT staff as we move forward updating and improving the IT systems at the college.”

In 1998, Lakhavani was president of the Greensboro Junior Chamber of Commerce – the largest Jaycee chapter in America, at that time. He has served on the National Board of Junior Chamber of Commerce in the United States, as well. During his tenure as President of the Jaycees, he also served as President of the Greater Greensboro Open and was recognized as the Outstanding President in America by the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Lakhavani hold A GCCIO Certification from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a Bachelor of Science from Guilford College. He is married to former Alcidea Da Rocha of Maceio, Brazil and together they have two daughters – Vitoria Zarina Rocha Lakhavani and Esther Grace Rocha Lakhavani. They currently reside in Greensboro.

Photo: N. Kumar Lakhavani, Chief Information Officer, PCC