STONY BROOK, N.Y., July 2, 2013— Cole W. Camplese, Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) at The Pennsylvania State University, has been appointed Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook University, effective August 12, 2013, announced President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. In this position, Camplese will report directly to the President 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 CIO of Stony Brook University Hospital in the development of information systems between the main academic campus and the medicine campus.
“I am thrilled that Cole Camplese will be joining my senior leadership team to take on this very important position at Stony Brook,” said President Stanley. “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. We look forward to working with Cole and welcoming him and his family to the Stony Brook University family.”
As Senior Director for TLT at Penn State since 2010, Camplese has been providing strategic direction to enhance the use of technology in teaching, learning, and research. He is 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 is the integration of emerging and collaborative technologies into learning spaces. He also serves as the co-director in the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State and has served as a member of Penn State’s Faculty Senate. He has recently worked to integrate several technologies into curricular activities at Penn State to support digital expression as a form of scholarship. He and his team have led 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, Camplese served as the Director of Education Technology Services at the Pennsylvania State University where he was responsible for identifying emergent trends and oversaw University-wide initiatives with a focus on impacting teaching and learning with technology. From 1999-2005, Camplese served in various roles in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology, culminating as the Director of the IST Solutions Institute. When he first joined Penn State in 1998, Camplese 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.
Camplese 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. He regularly teaches a very popular graduate seminar, Disruptive Technologies for Teaching in Learning, in Penn State’s College of Education.
An established public speaker, Camplese provides practical insight into the use of technologies to drive greater classroom and organizational engagement. Additionally he has served on several industry and higher education advisories boards ranging from data storage management, Junior Achievement, to the Apple Digital Campus.
Camplese is a 1994 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received a Masters of Sciences in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. His wife, Kristin, and his two children, Madeline and Max, join him in the move to Stony Brook University.