June 2018

Looking toward the future of IT at Penn State

Colleagues and friends,

Change brings uncertainties and opportunities, and our responses to change are often rooted in which we choose to embrace.

You’ve heard about change in our organization in recent weeks — changes that will occur within Enterprise IT in the coming months, as well as change that will evolve over the coming years in the Reimagining IT effort.

How do you react when you hear the word “change”? Personally, I’m energized by the opportunities and excited by the potential we can achieve together in our organization.

I see the strong leadership within our organization stepping up to outline our course and working within their units to inform staff around what is happening and why it’s necessary. Their ability to articulate, communicate, and answer questions helps those around them have the facts to interpret change in a positive manner, rather than forming opinions in a void of uncertainty.

I’m also energized by the collaboration that is unfolding.

The Senior Leadership Team collaborated closely on the organizational changes in EIT, to not only minimize disruption to staff but to thoughtfully consider the best alignments within units. Likewise, the Reimagining IT Team has come together as visionaries. These are the kind of leaders who are breaking the mold. We know we are on a journey, but our path is unclear. They are working to uncover that path.

Change is a given. It is what we as IT professionals need to embrace and embody to best serve our University.

I invite you to keep an open mind, take advantage of every opportunity to ask questions and learn more, and join us on this journey.

Best regards,

Michael Kubit
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer