Pennsylvania State University has appointed Jennifer Stedelin the university’s new vice president for information technology (IT) and chief information officer (CIO), effective July 1.

Stedelin currently serves as the deputy CIO and associate vice president of enterprise systems and services at Penn State. In her new role, Stedelin will lead the university’s information technology enterprise, including direct oversight of Penn State IT, which supports students, faculty, and staff across the institution.

“I’m looking forward to continuing that collaboration in making Penn State’s information technology services, support, and infrastructure best in class and serving the needs of our students, faculty, and staff,” Stedelin said in a press release.

“We are fortunate to have a person as respected and experienced as Jen to lead Penn State’s IT operations,” said Nick Jones, executive vice president, and provost. “Under her strategic and experienced leadership, we will continue to provide essential and exemplary technical support to students, faculty, and staff university-wide.”

In addition, Stedelin will provide strategic direction for services, support, infrastructure, and administrative systems across the university’s academic colleges, 24 campus locations including World Campus, and other administrative units.

She will replace Donald Welch, who stepped down from his role in October 2021 to become vice president for IT and global university CIO at New York University. Michael Büsges stepped in as interim vice president for IT and CIO. Büsges will return to his role as senior adviser to the provost.

Before joining Penn State, Stedelin held several IT leadership roles at higher education institutions, including Kent State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

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Lisbeth Perez
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Lisbeth Perez is a MeriTalk State and Local Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.