A new era in Information Technology
Colleagues and friends,
Every journey begins with one step. At Penn State, we have taken that first step into a new era as we unveil the new Penn State Information Technology organization. This new direction is a transformative move that will eventually take us from 80 disparate IT units to one cohesive organization.
We need to walk before we can run, so our steps are measured and deliberate. In this first step, three formerly separate units moved into the new Penn State IT. This group will help to define how we operate as professionals who are united in support of providing the best possible IT experience for our students, faculty and staff at this remarkable University. They will also pave the way for all the other units that will follow.
This journey is bringing to life the concept of OneIT—where we can accomplish far more working together than we can independently.
We embrace that being part of the largest IT transformation in higher ed is no small task, and we are confident our 2,000 IT professionals are up to the demands. Everything we stand for and are building together is in support of our goals: to align resources, optimize investments and create capacity to support innovation.
One day our University will take for granted all we are striving to achieve at this moment in time.
Today we celebrate the start of the journey with our sleeves rolled up, excited and humbled to take on what is ahead.
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
With more than twenty-five years of experience in higher education, Michael Kubit provides strategic leadership in building and supporting Penn State University’s information technology (IT) infrastructure and services.
He was brought to Penn State to advance a Penn State IT transformation designed to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of technology delivery, and position technology to be a differentiator for the University. This multi-year Reimagining IT initiative will align resources with the University’s mission and strategic plan, optimize investments in technology and services, and create capacity to support innovation. By moving to a new model for how technology is deployed, IT will become a stronger partner to facilitate the teaching, research, and service mission of the University.
Michael was instrumental in bringing free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and the Microsoft Office suite of applications to all students, faculty, and staff at Penn State. These powerful tools and technologies equip students for success in the classroom and beyond, as well as provide faculty and staff with mechanisms to better facilitate collaborative and individual work.
Over the course of his career, Michael has been involved in nearly all areas of IT – technical infrastructure, enterprise systems, service management, research support, campus engagement, communications, training, grant writing, teaching and learning innovation, new media, and online learning. He is recognized nationally for his knowledge and expertise in the development of effective leadership as the key to high functioning organizations.
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
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/.
The Penn State IT senior leadership team is led by Michael Kubit, VPIT/CIO. The team encompasses senior leaders in the organization, strategic partners in Finance and Human Resources, and the Reimagining IT executive director. 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.