John R. Phillipo, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer
Dr. John Phillipo is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology (CELT). CELT assists schools and universities in linking 21st century educational reforms with the effective use of information technology. Dr. Phillipo is nationally and internationally recognized as a resource consultant for learning organizations, businesses, and state/federal departments of education on issues related to architecting and implementing a "digital” infrastructure in support of contemporary teaching, learning, and management. He has taught graduate courses, authored journal articles, and made numerous presentations on interactive and virtual learning technologies and their impact on student achievement and educational leadership. Dr. Phillipo is a former science/math teacher and school administrator. He has served as director of a national technology "lighthouse” program for at-risk youth, as well as a developer/demonstrator for three nationally validated (USDOE/OERI) education technology programs. Two of these programs received a Presidential award for their outstanding public/private sector partnerships. He has coordinated several national research projects focused on using web-based decision support systems to improve the development of curriculum and management of learning. He coauthored the article: Learning Management System: The Missing Link and Great Enabler. Dr. Phillipo completed his doctoral degree studies at the Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in the area of administration, planning, and social policy.
Richard F. Rozzelle IV, President/Chief Information Officer
Mr. Rozzelle joined CELT in May of 2006 as President and Chief Information Officer. Previously, he was the owner/president of Tech-Knowledge Consulting, where he engaged in management and technology consulting for public school districts and state agencies across the nation. As a management consultant, he served for over three years as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, an urban system with over 110,000 students. Rick has served, under contract through CELT, as the interim CIO for two state education agencies: the Tennessee Department of Education and the Hawaii Department of Education. Rick has also assisted over twenty five (25) state and local education authorities with their Balanced Scorecard and project management processes. Mr. Rozzelle assisted the University of Virginia’s Partnership for Leaders in Education, a program offered by the university’s Darden School of Business and Curry School of Education to provide executive leadership training to state and district administrators. In 2001, Rick co-founded the North Carolina Data Warehouse Consortium, a non-profit organization established to develop and distribute to member school districts a data warehouse model for student information. Rick was also the co-founder of ITechrity FIRST Company, a limited liability corporation that specialized in providing management consulting services to enhance the value of small technology companies with whom they entered into joint ownership agreements.
Jeff Bajgot, Executive Vice President Network Communication Services/Chief Technology Officer
Mr. Jeff Bajgot is Executive Vice President for Network Communication Services and the Chief Technology Officer at CELT. He is a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) and has used his expertise to provide leadership in the field of educationaltTechnology since 1988. Early in his career he participated in the design, implementation, and support of the first statewide computer network in Massachusetts. Later Jeff created and implemented a statewide Internet delivery solution linking schools' internal networks to the world, delivering high-speed connectivity to any computer within the school's local area network. In addition, he has designed the necessary systems infrastructure and support structure to provide statewide domain name system (DNS), web hosting, e-mail, and content filtering services. Jeff's expertise in the understanding of service management with the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and his unique ability as an analytical thinker to resolve complex problems rapidly and effectively are tremendous attributes. Additionally he was a 2005 recipient of the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) Pathfinders Award. Mr. Bajgot earned a BS in Information Technology from Capella University School of Business and Technology.
David Krongard, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Business Development
Mr. David Krongard is CELT’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for Business Development. Mr. Krongard is responsible for coordinating CELT’s corporate business development activities, including partnership development, branding and marketing, territory growth, opportunity prospecting, and proposal production. In this capacity, he has worked with hundreds of the nation’s school districts, state departments of education, global philanthropic foundations, and thought leaders in the education technology community. During his tenure at CELT, Mr. Krongard has also led CELT’s operations team in support of the company’s field-based staff and consultants. Since joining the company in 2006, David has worked closely with CELT staff on client deliverables, technology and reform research, and project management. Prior to joining CELT, David worked in research and knowledge management.
Mr. Krongard earned a BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA and serves as an advisor to several local education non-profits.