New semester, new energy
Colleagues and friends,
Now that fall semester is in full swing, there is no denying the energy you feel when you step on campus. Everywhere you look there are reminders of why we are here: students heading to class, faculty planning their next lecture, and staff enabling the important work being done.
We all should tap into that energy as we go about our daily business. It represents why we are here and connects us with our purpose that I discussed in our last webinar.
That’s also why I am excited about the work ahead as we seek to optimize what we do in IT. The first presentations of the Reimagining IT plan have gone well, and I look forward to sharing it with you on October 3 at our all-staff meeting. The plan lays the groundwork for our journey, but everyone’s input into how we reach our destination is important.
The Reimagining IT team was deliberate in gathering input from across the University while the plan was developed, and input will continue to be important as we work together to fill in details.
This is an exciting time for Penn State IT, and I look forward to the journey with you.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
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
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.
Information Technology at Penn State
Reimagining IT Plan Introduced
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Penn State Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Michael Kubit unveiled plans for Reimagining IT at the University.
The comprehensive plan for the future of IT at Penn State, which Nick Jones described in an introductory message as an “ambitious and vital initiative” that will “bring Penn State IT further into the 21st century,” was debuted online and outlined for all IT staff in the Bryce Jordan Center.
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.