Duane Schell is director of the Network Services Division. He has been with ITD since 2001, and in state government since 1991. Duane earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Mary.
As director, Duane works closely with ITD’s video, voice, and networking teams. He’s part of a team that oversees the statewide network, STAGEnet, which provides broadband connectivity, Internet access, video conferencing and other networking services to state agencies, local government, higher education, and K-12 schools.
Duane’s personal life revolves around his two children.
Duane's staff provides a variety of services to government and education via STAGEnet.
In the past school year over 24,000 academic classes and meetings were supported on STAGEnet. STAGEnet also provides internet access for all of K-20 education and for North Dakota citizens to access government services.
The division also provided over 1 million minutes/month in long distance access for state agencies. With over 80,000 computers and 10,000 telephones connected, the network has become the circulatory system for government and education in North Dakota.
The division staff insures that it is reliable and secure from the threats of viruses, worms, and hackers. The division is on-guard 24/7 to insure information flows freely to the right people, at the right place, at the right time.