Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University IT Community,
Thomas Jefferson said, “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.” We are fortunate to work in higher education at one of the world’s great universities at this point in time. The world is changing at a faster pace than at any time in history, and higher education is changing rapidly to meet the needs of this changing world.
Society is counting on us to educate the next generation’s leaders, to discover knowledge to meet our most pressing challenges and to serve society, none of which can happen without information technology. Our role may not be the most visible, but it is absolutely critical. Much like a building can’t be very tall without a strong foundation, Penn State can’t climb higher without a great information technology team. We are a team of many IT teams, serving the special needs of our units while we collaborate with each other to make us all better.
Take pride in your role supporting Penn State and give it your best. That is what Penn State deserves. Grow your skills. Be open to change. Collaborate across the University. Look for ways to improve IT and Penn State. Strive to make your team the best. Don’t settle for OK; achieve greatness.
The cost of a Penn State education is a stretch for many families. They sacrifice because a degree from Penn State is worth it. They trust that we will spend every dollar wisely. We must give them maximum value for every dollar that we get. We owe them that. We must not hold Penn State back; instead we must help Penn State evolve faster. We must be an asset to faculty, staff and students. Penn State will struggle if we struggle. Penn State will thrive if we thrive.
I am proud to be on this journey with you.
University 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.
Senior Leadership Team
Don Welch, interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, is accountable for the entire University IT organization. The Senior Leadership Team is responsible for Penn State IT. The team is comprised of senior leaders across Penn State IT, strategic partners in Finance and Human Resources, and the IT Strategy and Planning executive director. They focus on creating new initiatives, protecting University technology, collaborating with faculty and researchers, and cultivating operational excellence.