We can achieve far more collaborating across Penn State than we can achieve individually within units. Through the concept of OneIT, we are transforming our focus by:
- proactively aligning our resources to support the University’s strategic plan;
- empowering our faculty and students to fulfill the important mission of the University; and
- presenting ourselves as professionals within one organization to support the mission of the University.
Re-imagining IT at Penn State
Penn State IT is embarking on an initiative focused on re-imagining IT, in an effort to provide more strategic support and service to our stakeholders across the University. The first three areas of focus will be organizational design, staff development and governance.
Michael Kubit has pulled together a team of the senior-most leaders in IT, representing the diverse and critical areas of the University, to lead this initiative. Members of the Re-imagining IT team are:
- Adam Caimi
- Jon Crutchfield
- David Gindhart
- John Hoh
- Veronica Longenecker
- Chris Lucas
- Greg Madden
- Erika Shoffner
- Tim Shuey
- Jennifer Sparrow
- Jen Stedelin
- Don Welch
- Bill Wrobleski
- Ed Zuech
Re-imaging IT will enable the organization as a whole to optimize resources so each college, campus and administrative unit can meet its specific needs, best serve the institution, and create capacity for innovation.
The team’s most immediate tasks are meeting with stakeholder groups across the University throughout the spring and summer to determine shared and diverse needs, what is working with IT, and what needs to be changed. In lieu of the broader Information Technology Leadership Council (ITLC), the Re-imagining IT team will be meeting with stakeholders to better assess gaps, needs, etc.
Stakeholders include: faculty, deans, chancellors, University leadership, Research Computing and Cyberinfrastructure (RCCI), Enterprise IT staff, unit IT staff, campus IT staff, college IT directors, campus IT directors, Finance & Business, Research, and others.
This data collection, along with the current state assessment completed by Gartner and the results of the discovery working groups, will help in the creation of a plan. The expectation is that in August, Michael will propose the plan to the University’s senior executive leadership, and it will then be communicated more broadly.
Penn State IT Updates
Keep up-to-date on news and information from across all of Penn State IT.
On May 15, 2017, staff members from across Penn State IT gathered for the Penn State IT All-Staff Meeting. During the meeting, Michael Kubit shared his observations from his first few months at Penn State IT, including the importance of investing in our staff members and a need for closer alignment with Penn State’s strategic plan. The IT Impact Awards were also presented to outstanding staff members across Penn State IT. Continue reading May 2017 Penn State IT All-Staff Meeting
During the May 2017 IT Leadership Summit, Michael Kubit announced the creation of seven Discovery Working Groups tasked with collecting data around applications, budget and finance, communications, infrastructure, people, security and risk, and service management with Penn State IT. Continue reading Discovery Working Groups
On March 22, 2017, IT leaders from across the University came together to discuss a shared vision for Penn State IT. In addition to participating in numerous activities, attendees heard from Ann Clements, associate professor of music education, and Adri van Duin, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering, on the many ways faculty use and rely on services provided by Penn State IT. Continue reading IT Leadership Summit
On January 11, 2017, Penn State IT staff members welcomed Michael Kubit as the new vice president for Information Technology and chief information officer. During the meeting, Kubit shared his top ten values, guiding principles, and goals for his first ninety days. Continue reading Meet and Greet with Michael Kubit