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Do not let uncertainty impact momentum

Colleagues and friends,

Momentum is easy to maintain when we know precisely what steps are ahead so we can track our progress toward our goal. When the direction is not as clear, it may be tempting to let doubt dim the excitement and become mired in uncertainty.

In reality, the future is rarely, if ever, transparent. Think about life. We dream about the future. We save to make our dreams a reality. And then we get thrown a curveball and have to adapt. This is no different. We don’t have insight into every project that is underway throughout our institution – or even within our own organization. However, that lack of knowledge and uncertainty about the bigger picture cannot undermine forward progress on our work, even when priorities change or the approach evolves.

Motivation research indicates we need three things to be highly engaged and high performing: a shared sense of purpose; the belief we have the abilities, information and strategies to succeed; and a sense of some control over the situation. Our creativity, motivation, and performance can be unstoppable when we have all three.

As we move further along the Reimagining IT journey, we will continue to face opportunities as well as uncertainties. Although we know where we need to be in the future, our path is evolving. I encourage you to not let that impact our momentum. Focus on what you have control over – your work and your contributions to our University. The plan will continue to come into focus as we work together on the next steps of the journey and build on the successes we have already realized.

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 is led by Michael Kubit, VPIT/CIO. The team encompasses unit senior leaders as well as strategic partners in both Finance and Human Resources, the Reimagining IT executive director, and the administrative fellow. They 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.

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

Adam Caimi

Adam Caimi

Executive Director,
Reimagining IT

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