Objectives of the Role

As Penn State’s first ever Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer, Michael Kubit is advancing a transformation within Penn State IT. He is leading the development and operation of an organization that supports the needs of the University, and is accountable for effectively and efficiently serving the broad range of University stakeholders.

Kubit provides leadership in building and supporting Penn State’s IT infrastructure, which includes more than eighty IT units and 1,600 employees. He leads strategic planning to anticipate and address the changing demands in instructional technology, information systems, and research computing in higher education.

His responsibilities include:

  • Strategic Leadership: Provide strategic vision and leadership in the development of policy and prioritization of resources for the rapidly changing information technology environment.
  • Organizational Leadership and Governance: Lead the development of a new vision of IT that incorporates Penn State’s twenty-four campuses and the eighty plus IT units.
  • Technology Efficiency and Effectiveness: Identify opportunities for cost-effective investment of financial resources in technology systems and other resources, including staffing, purchasing, software as a service, and in-house development.
  • Security and Information Assurance: Assist in providing long-term strategic vision, resources and leadership to secure Penn State’s network infrastructure, sensitive data, student information, and other critical information assets in partnership with the chief information security officer (CISO).

Kubit serves on the President’s Council with senior leadership from across the University. He reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer.


  • MBA, Concentration in Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.
  • Bachelor’s in electronic engineering, Cleveland State University.
  • Associate’s in electronic engineering technology, Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland).


  • “Emotional Intelligence Deconstructed… Why does this stuff matter anyway?”, NERCOMP Workshop – IT Leadership and Professional Development through Emotional Intelligence, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, 2015.
  • Kubit, M., Cato, M., McIntosh, K., and Francis, P., “The New New Leadership Challenge,” NERCOMP Workshop, Norwood, MA, 2015.
  • “Lessons Learned from Migrating to the Cloud at Case Western Reserve University,” Cornell University Cloud Forum, 2015.
  • “The Positive Benefits of Mentoring,” EDUCAUSE webinar, 2015.
  • “The New Leadership Challenge,” Campus Technology Annual Conference, Boston, MA, 2015.
  • Kubit, M., Cato, M., McIntosh, K., and Francis, P., “The New NEW Leadership Challenge,” NERCOMP Annual Conference, Providence, RI, 2015.
  • Kubit, M., Cato, M., and McIntosh, K., “The New NEW Leadership Challenge,” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, 2014.
  • Kubit, M. and Henderson, M., “IT as a Service and the Future of IT on Campus,” Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) Virtual Conference, 2014.
  • Kubit, M. and Wightman, S., “Journey to Service Desk Excellence,” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Anaheim, CA, 2013.
  • Kubit, M. and Antolovic, L., “Leading Sustained, Desired Change,” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Denver, CO, 2012.
  • “A decade of Blended Learning at CWRU,” Echo360 Regional User’s Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2012.
  • Kubit, M. and Wightman, S., “Temples, Kingdoms and Anarchy: How IT Organizations must evolve in response to fundamental changes in the delivery of services,” EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2011.
  • Kubit, M. and Wightman, S., “Lessons Learned During the First Year of a New Service Desk Implementation,” HDI Regional Chapter Meeting, Cleveland, OH, 2010.
  • Kubit, M., Jackson, R., and Silverman, M., “Reality Check: Planning and Budgeting for the Next-Gen Classroom,” Campus Technology 2008 Conference, Boston, MA, 2008.
  • Kubit, M., Shapiro W., and Mentch, M., “The Disruptive Nature of Lecture Capture,” New Media Consortium Annual Summer Conference, Princeton, NJ, 2008.
  • “Marrying Smart Classroom Design to Pedagogy: Innovative Approaches,” Campus Technology 2007, Boston, MA, 2007.
  • Kubit, M. and Archiable, D., “The Intelligent Next Gen Campus: ‘Smart’ Classroom Facilities,” SCUP Regional Conference 2007, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007.
  • “Video Production Services at Case Western Reserve University,” Video, Education, and Open Content: Best Practices: Production, Distribution, Technology and Law, Columbia University, 2007.
  • “The Future of Broadband and Wireless: An Educational Perspective,” CIO Symposium, 2006.
  • Kubit, M. and Shapiro, W., “Be Careful What You Wish For: Dealing with the Results of a Successful Pilot,” New Media Consortium Annual Conference, Honolulu, HI, 2005.
  • “Investing in the IT Infrastructure and Strategic Partnering for the Smart Campus,” EduComm Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2004.
  • “Enhancing Learning with Searchable Streaming Video Technology,” New Media Consortium Annual Summer Conference, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 2004.
  • Kubit, M. and Shapiro, W., “Pause and Replay: Enhancing Learning with Searchable Streaming Video Technology,” NMC Annual Conference 2004, Vancouver, B.C., Canada, 2004.
  • Kubit, M. and Shapiro, W., “MediaVision Courseware,” National Internet2 Day, virtual conference, 2004.

Professional Affiliations

  • MOR Advanced Leaders Program
  • Society of Information Managers (SIM)
  • FRYE Institute Fellow
  • Leading Change Institute Alumni
  • Help Desk Institute (HDI)

Previous Experience

Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio)

  • Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Technology Services, 2015-16.
  • Chief Operations Officer for Information Technology Services (interim), 2013-15.
  • Director of Run, Information Technology Services, 2011-13.
  • Director of IT Customer Service and Support, 2009-11.
  • Assistant Director of Instructional Technology and Academic Computing, 2005-09.