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People are our most valuable asset

Colleagues and friends,

No workforce can stay stagnant and expect to improve. This is particularly true in Information Technology, where today’s skills will likely not meet future needs of our students, faculty, and staff. As technology changes, so must we.

A wise investment for any organization is the investment in people. Providing opportunities for people to grow and evolve pays rich dividends as they become better positioned to adapt to changing demands of the workplace.

Our workforce must change to realize the vision of Reimagining IT: align resources with the University mission and strategic plan, optimize our investments in technology and services, and create capacity to support innovation. Our IT Talent Management team is helping to guide this process, starting with surveying staff to gather a range of data, including how much time they spend on various IT tasks and their professional development goals. This information will help guide next steps as we frame out our new organization.

In thinking about the future, this is all about opportunity – opportunity to grow, opportunity to develop new skills, opportunity to pursue new career paths. Investing in the development of our IT workforce is critically important to ensure we have the kind of talent we need to support the University’s mission well into the future.

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
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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