Debra Gonski

Senior Application Administrator
Enterprise Systems

  • Debra Gonski is the Senior Application Administrator. In this role, she works as one of the Applications Management team within Enterprise Applications in AU's Office of Information Technology (OIT). She administers Ellucian Colleague product suite (Colleague on unix, Datatel Portal, WebAdvisor, and UI on windows) as well as our website (CommonSpot application from Paperthin which runs on Windows and ColdFusion). Debra works with many groups within OIT to achieve results, implement technology and support our existing software. As part of those efforts she has been a project manager or technical lead on many projects, implemented various applications, and have helped build AU infrastructure. She represents AU's position on Technology in many capacities. Debra is the co-chair AU’s Content Provider Committee with the Director of Web Communications, University Communications and Marketing. Debra was one of two chairs of Ellucian/Datatel User Group's Information Subcommittee for 2011 & 2012. Debra has given presentations at at Ellucian Live, DUG, PADUG and the MidAtlantic Educause conferences.
  • Degrees

    BS in Political Science, Northeastern University
    MS in Public Policy, University of Maryland College Park
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:


    Book Currently Reading:

    A Dance with Dragons (Game of Thrones series).

  • OIT - Enterprise Systems
  • Wisconsin (4620) - 2nd Floor

  • (202) 885-3871
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Ellucian User Group

    Co-Chair IT Subcommittee

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Presentations

Presented as several conferences.

Professional Certifications

Leadership certification awarded by AU Human Resources.


Leading with Impact Certificate from American University Department of Human Resources and Training.

Professional Presentations

  • Disaster Strikes! How Do We Get Our ERP Back Online?, Datatel User Group 2012
  • War of the Constituencies: Migrating to a New Institutional, Portal Datatel User Group 2012 and Educause Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2012
  • Evolution: Moving to a New Server, Datatel User Group 2011
  • Strategically Moving to Datatel Portal, Datatel User Group 2011
  • Managing Change in an Ever Changing Landscape, Datatel User Group, 2006
  • Integrating Data from LiquidMatrix to Datatel and Back Again, Datatel User Group, 2006
  • Double Action Marketing Power: The Combined Impact of Communications Management and Active Admissions, Datatel User Group, 2006
  • Breaking the Silos - A Collaborative Approach to Active Admissions, Datatel User Group, 2006
  • Exchanging Data: The Beta Client Story- Part 2, Datatel User Group, 2003