The Pennsylvania State University — Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

The Pennsylvania State University seeks a dynamic and visionary executive to serve as its next Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer (VPIT/CIO). This is an exceptional opportunity to lead IT enterprise-wide at one of the nation’s top-ranked universities.

Penn State is a public, land grant, research university, with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Founded in 1855, the university has a threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service. Its instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional, and continuing education offered through resident and online instruction. Annual enrollment at its 24 campuses totals nearly 100,000 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the United States.

As a member of the President’s Council, the VPIT/CIO will report to the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Senior Vice President for Finance and Business/Treasurer. The VPIT/CIO will be expected to drive innovative solutions that support the University’s strategic and operational goals. The VPIT/CIO will manage a large staff organized in the following areas:  Enterprise Applications, Infrastructure, IT Modernization, User Success, Research Computing, Administrative IT, and Teaching and Learning with Technology.  S/he will develop and maintain an appropriate IT organizational structure that supports the needs of the University and will be responsible for effectively and efficiently serving University stakeholders. Some of the strategic and operational leadership duties include:

  • Provide strategic organizational leadership, balancing needs related to centralization, shared services, federation, and customization
  • Facilitate policy development as needed and prioritize resource allocations 
  • Oversee implementation of IT tools for students, faculty, staff, human resources, and management needs
  • Coordinate resources in staffing, purchasing, developing, and testing software as a service 
  • Establish robust, secure, and state-of-the-art computational, analytical and data services
  • Identify opportunities for cost-effective IT investments across the institution
  • Oversee all IT services
  • Maximize efficiency across all IT resources
  • Plan, coordinate, and drive teams to maintain, transition, interface, and test new and emerging technologies
  • Develop and recommend IT governance practice and procedures
  • Partner effectively with the university’s distributed IT providers

The successful candidate will possess significant relevant experience in positions with increasing levels of responsibility, including a minimum of 5-7 years as a senior IT leader in a complex organization.  A master’s level degree, ideally in Information Technology, Computer Science, Business Administration, Management Information Sciences, or related discipline, is highly preferred.

Nominations, confidential inquiries, and applications (to include a resume, letter of interest, and list of references) should be sent via email to the University’s consultants, Nick Giannas and Scott Dethloff, at

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by March 16, 2020.

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Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.