The Search

Temple University, a top-ranked research university experiencing great momentum situated in the City of Philadelphia, seeks a strategic and forward-thinking leader to serve as Vice President for Information Technology (VPIT). This is an exceptional opportunity to serve as the lead innovative technology partner and support the institution's strategic priorities of boundless access, educational value, thought leadership, community engagement and reputational excellence.

A Pennsylvania state-supported institution ranked in the highest Carnegie research university category, Temple is the 50th largest university in the United States and one of the nation’s leading centers of professional education. With 17 schools and colleges, eight campuses, more than 600 degree and certificate programs and more than 33,000 students, Temple is one of the nation’s most comprehensive and diverse learning environments. The successful candidate will possess a demonstrated commitment to the mission of Temple University and to its core values of access, excellence and diversity.

Reporting to the Provost and serving as a key member of the Provost’s senior leadership team, the vice president is the senior executive responsible for information technology across Temple University. The VPIT will develop and implement a clear vision and strategy for information technology in alignment with the mission and strategic direction of the institution. The VPIT will continue to enable the IT organization's high level of customer service while developing the plan to enhance the IT infrastructure and systems and lead digital transformation initiatives that will bring value and improve the user experience of students, faculty, and administrators. Other important responsibilities include overseeing the cybersecurity of campus resources and data and development of a data governance structure and an analytics environment that allows for access to accurate real time data and reporting. The VPIT will lead the continued enhancement of the IT enterprise by implementing the appropriate technologies to ensure that Temple effectively meets its objectives in education and research.

The VPIT is a critical hire and will join the leadership team at Temple University at a pivotal time of change and opportunity under a dynamic new president. The VPIT will be a mission-driven, innovative executive with a proven track record of leading information technology in a large, complex enterprise, preferably a university. This leader will have strong communication skills and be highly collaborative, establishing trusting relationships across the university. A team-builder, the VPIT must have a solid track record in strategic planning and financial management. The VPIT will be a compassionate leader with the ability to facilitate change and balance resources and priorities effectively. A Bachelor's degree is required and a Master's degree in computer science, information technology, business administration, or related field is preferred.

All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the profile.

WittKieffer is assisting Temple University in this search. The search will remain open until an appointment is made.

Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to the consultants through the portal.

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations, including employment, service and educational programs. The University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or veteran status.