Analyst Profile

Kelly Calhoun Williams

Kelly Calhoun Williams

VP Analyst

5 years at Gartner ,  29 years industry experience

Roles and Responsibilities

Dr. Kelly J. Calhoun Williams is a Research Vice President in Gartner Research, where she concentrates on education, primarily in the K-12 (elementary/secondary) and higher education sector. She has a doctorate in organizational leadership and development, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction, and a bachelor's degree in telecommunications and film. Dr. Calhoun Williams supports both educational end users (CIOs, CTOs, technology and executive leadership) as well as vendor clients wanting insight and assistance with understanding the K-12 and higher education marketplaces.


Previous Experience

Prior to joining Gartner, Dr. Calhoun Williams served nearly 25 years in public education, most recently as the Chief Technology/Information Officer of the Santa Clara County Office of Education, an educational service agency serving more than 265,000 public education students in the Silicon Valley, as well as providing community college support. In addition to this work, she has served as Adjunct Faculty with the University of Southern California and San Diego State University, where she helped teach and develop curriculum in educational technology and coursework for future Chief Business Officers. Dr. Calhoun also served as the Director of Educational Technology and Information Systems for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District in Sacramento County, California, serving 17,000 students K-12.

Professional Background

Cajon Valley Union School District, Curriculum Coordinator, Teacher, 9 years
Folsom Cordova Unified School District, Director of Educational Technology and Information Systems, 11 years
Santa Clara County Office of Education, Chief Technology Officer/Asst. Superintendent, 5 years


B.A., Telecommunications and Film, San Diego State University, California (cum laude)
Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, University of La Verne, California
Harcourt Scholar
M.A., Curriculum and Instruction, San Diego State University, California



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