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Intentionality and doing things the right way

Colleagues and friends,

What a great quote from author Hunter S. Thompson: “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” It dovetails with the guiding principles for the Reimagining IT initiative:

  • Where things work well, we will respect and build upon it.
  • Where things can be improved, we will work to find the very best solution.

We already do a lot of things really well, but we recognize there are opportunities for improvement and optimization. It’s important that we are intentional along the RIT journey to uncover those opportunities in order to enable the important work our colleagues across Penn State do in support of the mission of this great institution.

The Discovery process has begun in two units – Finance & Business IT and Enterprise IT. During Discovery, we will get a clearer picture of every unit’s services and resources. Then can we move toward optimizing our investments and freeing up resources to support the innovative and unique services that our faculty, researchers, staff, and students deserve.

As we continue to move forward, we are updating leadership, presenting the concepts to our stakeholders, taking in feedback, and learning from transformations that have occurred at other universities. Each of these steps allows us to adjust our path as needed.

As always, I encourage you to stay informed and offer feedback. The best avenue for both is the Reimagining IT website.

Best regards,
Michael

Michael Kubit
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

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Michael Kubit

Vice President for Information Technology,
Chief Information Officer

Michael Kubit brings more than thirty years of higher education experience to his role as Penn State University’s vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer (VPIT/CIO). Kubit provides strategic leadership for more than eighty Penn State IT units and 1,600 IT professionals through focusing on building and supporting the growing infrastructure and services offered by Penn State IT.

Michael Kubit

Mission and Vision

Mission

Penn State IT is a service organization, dedicated to serving the needs of our students, faculty, and staff members through responsive service and support, enabling infrastructure, effective administrative systems, and strategic innovation.

Vision

Information Technology at Penn State

we serve, we empower, we innovate
vision of one IT in a graphic

We Are Penn State.

Reimagining IT Plan Introduced

Many in the Penn State IT community got a first look at the Reimagining IT plan during the IT All-Staff Meeting October 3 in the Bryce Jordan Center.

In his remarks, Michael Kubit, vice president for IT and CIO, said a key aspect of the plan is comprehensive professional growth, to ensure IT professionals have career paths to help them grow and evolve in better support of the work of the University.

There are four key goals of the talent management strategy: to align the organization to promote a world-class workforce; to evolve the culture and improve overall effectiveness; to maximize employees’ potential; and to assess what is happening and constantly improve our strategies.

Read the full recap at http://ovpit.psu.edu/2018/10/05/reimagining-it-plan-introduced/.

Senior Leadership

The Penn State IT senior leadership team — led by Michael Kubit, VPIT/CIO — includes senior directors, a Financial Officer (FO) strategic partner, and a Human Resources (HR) strategic partner. The senior directors work throughout the University and with IT staff members to create new initiatives, protect University technology, collaborate with faculty and researchers, and cultivate operational excellence. The HR srategic partner elevates the VP/CIO’s commitment to providing employees a work environment conducive to equal opportunity for learning, personal growth, and shared information. The FO strategic partner supports the shared vision of the VP/CIO by providing financial insight and planning for the stewardship of our investment in IT.

Jon Crutchfield

Jon Crutchfield

Senior Director,
Business Intelligence

Dave Gindhart

Associate CIO, Administration

Chris Lucas

Chris Lucas

Interim Senior Director,
Enterprise Service Management

Jennifer Sparrow

Jennifer Sparrow

Senior Director,
Teaching and Learning with Technology

Bill Wrobleski

Bill Wrobleski

Senior Director,
Infrastructure

Mary Gorman

Mary Gorman

Financial Officer
Strategic Partner

Erika Shoffner

Erika Shoffner

Human Resources
Strategic Partner

Lynette Yarger

Lynette Yarger

Administrative Fellow

Executive Staff

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Krystal McMillen

Executive Assistant
kvs7@psu.edu

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Heather White

Administrative Support Coordinator
hmh101@psu.edu

Jacquelyn Way

Jacquelyn Way

Administrative Support Coordinator
jjh6341@psu.edu

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Margaret Moses

Executive Communications