IT Leadership Council board chair and members elected

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State’s Information Technology Leadership Council (ITLC) has recently elected a new chair and three new board members as part of its annual election process.

Joanne Peca, chief information officer at Penn State Altoona, will serve as the new ITLC chair, and will preside over the organization from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2014. Mairead Martin, senior director in Information Technology Services; Adam Caimi, IT manager in Penn State Outreach; and John Domico, assistant director of management systems in computer, science and engineering; will serve as the ITLC's new board members from Jan. 1, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2016.

ITLC is a University-wide organization that facilitates IT planning efforts and guides the many technology services that support Penn State’s mission. Comprised of more than 80 IT managers and directors throughout Penn State, the ITLC was established in 2011 to oversee Penn State’s strategic IT goals and foster collaboration among IT and University units.

Under the leadership of last year’s chair, Neal Vines (director of IT in the College of Agricultural Sciences), the council has helped to guide a number of initiatives at Penn State, including a new distribution and cost-sharing model for Adobe software; an upcoming cost-free wireless service for individuals visiting Penn State’s campuses; a wireless service that provides greater coverage and a more consistent experience for its users; and a Shared Service Management initiative that will make it possible for students, faculty and staff to have improved access to IT support and services.

“The structure of ITLC allows for unprecedented communication and collaboration among the IT leaders from across the entire University,” said Peca, who served on the board previously as a member from 2012 to 2014. “The full council meets once each month, and the meetings are designed to allow for discussion and collaboration among all of the attendees.”

Membership in the council is open to all individuals with primary leadership responsibility for information technology in a college, campus or other major University unit at Penn State. In the coming year, Peca said the ITLC will strengthen its focus on enabling IT to facilitate learning and support research and innovation — while modernizing Penn State’s enterprise systems and sustaining IT effectiveness.

“The unique thing about ITLC is that it is an action-oriented community: a forum where new ideas can be brought forth and considered by the senior-most IT leaders from each unit," she added.

The ITLC has eight elected board positions and two standing board positions held by Kevin Morooney, vice provost for information technology, and John Harwood, associate vice provost for information technology, respectively. Elections take place on an annual basis in December for the three new members on a rotating basis. Nominations are made in November and December, and are voted upon by the overall ITLC membership.

To learn more about Penn State's Information Technology Leadership Council, go to https://wikispaces.psu.edu/display/itcouncil/IT+Leadership+Council.

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Last Updated January 30, 2014