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Associate Vice President, Enterprise Applications

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Pennsylvania State University

Associate Vice President, Enterprise Applications

Pennsylvania State University is in the process of transforming the delivery and management of information technology services across its 23 campuses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is seeking applications and nominations for the new position of Associate Vice President, Enterprise Applications.


Michael Kubit, the university’s Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, has crafted a vision known as Reimagining IT at Penn State to harness the skills and talents of IT staff to deliver excellence across the institution.  During the last several months, Penn State IT has migrated to Office 365 as the University’s email and calendaring tool and consolidated firewalls for optimal protection of the University’s data and research.  Penn State IT is a service organization, dedicated to serving the needs of students, faculty, and staff members through responsive service and support, enabling infrastructure, effective administrative systems, and strategic innovation.

As part of IT’s transformation, Penn State wants to develop and to support 21st century business systems and practices. To this end, accountabilities and responsibilities for enterprise applications will move from the CFO and Provost functions into Penn State IT. To facilitate this transition, Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer has created the position of Associate Vice President, Enterprise Applications. The institution seeks a highly motivated leader with exceptional strategic, operational, entrepreneurial, technical, and interpersonal skills to assume this position. Penn State has three major ERP systems: Student Records on PeopleSoft (went live in early 2016); Human Resources on Workday (went live in late 2017); and Enterprise Finance on SAP will go-live in 2020. The successful candidate will manage a $15-million operating budget and a team of over 55 individuals and will be charged to cast a strategy to optimize and to rationalize enterprise applications at Penn State.

For more information on Penn State, go to www.psu.edu and for more information on information technology at Penn State, go to www.it.psu.edu/.


  • Successful transformational and change agent type of a leader with demonstrated ability and experience to effectively navigate and influence others in a large highly complex and distributed environment.Experience at a research university preferred, but not required.
  • Extensive experience implementing ERP solutions and integrating second-tier systems to ERP systems in a large-scale and decentralized university environment.Demonstrated experience championing digital transformation.Experience in developing the strategic plans and roadmaps to best use resources across ERP implementations and associated integration initiatives.
  • Proven experience working intimately and effectively with a diverse and varied set of stakeholders.
  • Strong experience with simultaneously balancing immediate business priorities/projects while driving the overarching strategic vision of an organization.
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams in the selection, implementation, support, and enhancement of complex IT systems across a variety of hosting environments (cloud and on premise), infrastructures, architectures, technical frameworks, and support models.
  • A master collaborator that can influence and convince individuals what is best for the broader university population as opposed to specific individuals or groups.
  • Experience moving an IT operation’s reliance or need to build software internally to a more balanced and financially motivated approach where possible to buy solutions and integrate appropriately for the greater good of the University.
  • An undergraduate degree required, and an advanced degree is a decided plus.

Pennsylvania State University has retained the services of Diversified Search to assist in this search.  Candidates should send resumes and applications for consideration to: [email protected]

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: For more about safety at Penn State, and to review the Annual Security Report which contains information about crime statistics and other safety and security matters, please go to http://www.police.psu.edu/clery/, which will also provide you with detail on how to request a hard copy of the Annual Security Report.

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.




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Posted: 5/7/2019
Application Due: 7/6/2019
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