Patrick J. Kelly - Vice President

Patrick Kelly is Vice President at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). He also serves as Director of the NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (located at and works on many projects applying research and policy analysis to link higher education with the critical needs of states and their residents. He presents his work to a variety of audiences including higher education researchers and policy analysts, State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEOs) and their staffs, and other state policymakers.

Before joining NCHEMS in February 2002, Patrick worked for six years at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. His most recent position at the council was Senior Associate for Information and Research. He worked with higher education leaders to design performance indicators to measure progress toward postsecondary education reform in Kentucky, conducted research studies for statewide higher education policy initiatives, and coordinated the analysis and reporting of data and information in support of many other council projects. Prior to working at the council, Patrick was a Research Associate at the National Center for Family Literacy in Louisville, Kentucky.

Dennis P. Jones - President Emeritus of NCHEMS

Dennis Jones is President Emeritus of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), a research and development center founded to improve the management effectiveness of colleges and universities. A member of the staff since 1969, Mr. Jones is widely recognized for his work in such areas as:

  • State and institutional approaches to budgeting and resource allocation
  • Strategic planning
  • Educational needs assessment
  • Formulation of state policy
  • Information for strategic decisionmaking and the development of educational indicators

Mr. Jones has written many monographs and articles on these topics, has presented his work at many regional, national, and international conferences, and has consulted with hundreds of institutions and state higher education agencies on management issues of all kinds.

Prior to joining NCHEMS, Mr. Jones served as an administrator (in business and in institutional planning) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received his graduate and undergraduate degree from that institution in the field of engineering management.

John Clark - Research Analyst

John Clark has been a Research Analyst at NCHEMS since March 2000. His primary responsibilities at NCHEMS include analyzing and graphically displaying detailed national, state, and local level postsecondary and population demographics for current projects, reports, and senior-level presentations.

John attended the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University-Pueblo) from 1988-91 and Colorado State University in Fort Collins from 1991-93. John earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in mathematics with a heavy emphasis in mathematical and applied statistics. Other areas of interest included economics, physics, and geology.

John was previously employed by PTI Environmental Services as an Assistant Environmental Scientist where he gained valuable experience analyzing and graphically displaying geologic data. He also worked for Micro Motion, Inc. as a Statistical Process Control Technician where his primary responsibility included quality manufacturing improvement through the application of statistical process control techniques.

Linda Leyba - Director of Computing

Linda Leyba is the Director of Computing at NCHEMS. A member of the staff since 1987, Linda has been involved in several data analysis projects for all members of the staff at NCHEMS. These projects include building longitudinal student tracking systems for several colleges and universities, processing data files supplied by an institution for a project, and supplying data from the NCHEMS archives for staff projects. She oversees the collection, maintenance and dissemination of the NCHEMS data archives, including HEGIS/IPEDS datasets dating back to the mid 1960's. In addition to these projects, Linda is responsible for acquiring and maintaining the computing infrastructure and technology that is essential for the information-management needs of NCHEMS.

Linda is a long-standing member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).

Linda received her bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Northern Colorado, and has taken several additional information technology courses. Prior to NCHEMS, she was a Research Assistant at NCBOCES (Northern Colorado Board of Cooperative Education Services), and a Data Processing Assistant at a local bank.