Cole W. Camplese Appointed VP for Information Technology and CIO

To all Faculty, Staff and Students,

I am pleased to announce that Cole W. Camplese, Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) at The Pennsylvania State University has been appointed to the position of Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook University, effective August 12, 2013. As a member of my senior leadership team, Cole will report directly to me and oversee the Division of Information Technology which provides, operates and maintains computing and telecommunication facilities, equipment and services that meet the needs of the educational, research and administrative programs of the University. He will also collaborate with the Chief Information Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital in the development of information systems between the main academic campus and the medicine campus.

Cole graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and he received a Masters of Sciences in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. Cole has literally risen through the IT ranks at Penn State, and I am confident that his career and experience will serve our community well. As Senior Director for TLT at Penn State, he was responsible for classroom and lab design and management, guides ongoing training initiatives, and works to establish innovative approaches to support the integration of technologies into learning environments. His primary area of focus there was integration of emerging and collaborative technologies into learning spaces. He served as the co-director in the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State and served as a member of Penn State’s Faculty Senate. He recently worked to integrate several technologies into curricular activities to support digital expression as a form of scholarship. He and his team have lead the creation of the “Blogs at Penn State,” “Podcasts at Penn State,” the “Media Commons,” “Adobe Connect Pro,” “iTunes U,” “ePortfolio,” and the “Educational Gaming Commons.” He worked to introduce “Yammer” to the Penn State community as a way to actively engage in cross campus social conversations and as a social learning platform. Most recently, he led the move for Penn State to join the MOOC movement through a strategic partnership with Coursera.

Prior to his appointment to Sr. Director, he was Director of Education Technology Services at Penn State during which he was responsible for identifying emergent trends and oversaw University-wide initiatives. From 1999-2005, he served in various roles there, culminating as the Director of the IST Solutions Institute. When he first joined Penn State in 1998, Cole was an instructional designer at the newly established World Campus. It was in these early interactions that much of the foundation was built for some of the guiding principles of online course design still being utilized at the Penn State to drive the growth of the World Campus. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator, selected for his innovative uses of technology in support of his teaching and administrative work. He was also the principle investigator and chief administrator for the Pennsylvania Governor’s School in Information Technology.

The strategic direction of information technology at a top research university in today’s rapidly evolving academic environment has become increasingly vital – especially to Stony Brook as we look to the future and move forward to the next level of excellence. I know Cole has the vision and experience to lead us there.

I extend my deepest gratitude to Chuck Powell who was outstanding as interim CIO during the search, and to the search committee, led by Dr. Craig Lehmann, for their dedication and diligence as they helped to identify a number of highly qualified candidates.

Cole’s wife, Kristin, and his two children, Madeline and Max, join him in the move to Stony Brook University. Please join me in welcoming their family to the Stony Brook family.


Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.