Temple to Hire Vice President for Computer Services

Courtesy: Temple University
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Temple is gearing up for a new leader in Computer Services.

President Theobald appointed Cindy Leavitt as Vice President of Computer Services and Chief Information Officer, the University announced in a statement Wednesday. His pick must be approved by the Board of Trustees. If approved, Leavitt will start August 1st.

The Tech leader comes from Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she held senior information positions at the University of Michigan for the past 14 years.

Most recently, she served as deputy CIO at Michigan’s medical school for five years. Before that, she held the position of deputy CIO of information technology and services at Michigan. Theobald said her experience at Michigan is crucial for Temple.

“The world of information exchange and security has a vital role at Temple, which places a high value on quality education and research,” said Theobald.

“Cindy Leavitt has the background and experience from working at a large, nationally respected public research university and appreciates the critical role her division will play in Temple’s future.”

Among her greatest contributions have been implementing innovative workspaces that facilitate collaboration, creative solutions and flexibility, Theobald said.

At Temple, Leavitt will plan and implement technology initiatives, oversee the Computer Recycling Center the TECH Center and web communications among others, the university said. Leavitt said she’s ready to work at Temple.

“Everyone I met is so passionate about the university’s mission of access, affordability and excellence,” she said. “I loved the energy and enthusiasm all around campus.”

Leavitt earned an MBA from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Science degree in statistics/business from Brigham Young University.

She replaces Barbara Dohlansky, who is retiring from Temple after 25 years. Dohlansky served as Interim Vice President for Computer Services and CIO for the past 14 months.

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