Office 365 project showcases power of OneIT

Colleagues and friends,

The move to Office 365 for email, calendaring and productivity is an excellent example of the high-quality, impactful work we as IT professionals can accomplish through cross-institutional collaboration.

Offering Outlook as a unified email and calendaring system is helping to better protect the security of the University, which receives 10 million spam or malicious emails each day. Providing access to the suite of Office 365 tools will also further differentiate our students by providing them foundational, practical knowledge of tools they will need as they move into the workforce.

The 33-member project team, with representation from throughout the campuses, colleges and administrative units, began working in October on technical requirements, as well as developing support, training and communication resources. With each migration, the team tested and refined processes, and feedback from each area that migrates continues to improve those processes.

By the beginning of June, four campuses, three colleges, and six administrative units will have migrated. By mid-December, all migrations across the University will be complete.

Please visit the Office 365 website to learn more about the applications, training and support resources.

As always, feel free to reach out to me at CIO@psu.edu with any questions or comments.

Best regards,

Michael Kubit
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

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.

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 Are Penn State.

Year one report

Michael Kubit presented his Year One report on Information Technology at Penn State to University leadership in February. These presentations included: President’s Council, Academic Leadership Council, and the Board of Trustees’ Committee on Audit and Risk.

This report:

  • summarizes trends that affect higher education
  • outlines the goals for fiscal year 2017-2018
  • includes the mission, vision and strategy for Penn State IT; and
  • examines areas of opportunity

Download the PDF

Senior Leadership

The Penn State IT senior leadership team — led by Michael Kubit, VPIT/CIO — includes six senior directors and a Human Resources strategic partner (HRSP). 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 HRSP elevates the VP/CIO’s commitment to providing employees a work environment conducive to equal opportunity for learning, personal growth, and shared information. The financial officer supports the shared vision of the VP/CIO by providing financial insight and planning for the stewardship of our investment in IT.

Jon Crutchfield

Senior Director,
Business Intelligence

Ken Forstmeier

Interim Senior Director,
Enterprise Infrastructure & Operations

Jennifer Sparrow

Senior Director,
Teaching and Learning with Technology

Jen Stedelin

Senior Director,
Strategic Operations

Allen Stubblefield

Interim Senior Director,
Enterprise Service Management

Bill Wrobleski

Senior Director,
Infrastructure

Erika Shoffner

Human Resources
Strategic Partner

Tim Shuey

Financial Officer
Strategic Partner

Executive Staff

Krystal McMillen
Executive Assistant

kvs7@psu.edu

Heather White
Administrative Support Coordinator

hmh101@psu.edu

Margaret Moses
Executive Communications