ISC: Robin Beck
Robert Barchi and Executive Vice President John Fry are pleased
to announce that Vice President for Information Systems and Computing
Robin Beck will succeed outgoing Vice Provost James O'Donnell
as the senior information officer of the University, effective
July 1. Dr. O'Donnell is leaving to become Provost of Georgetown
University on June 30 (Almanac
March 19, 2002).
is a wonderful colleague. She did a terrific job leading ISC during
the year that Jim O'Donnell was on leave," said Provost Barchi.
"She has already proven herself to be an outstanding manager with
a depth of experience at ISC that will serve the University well.
We're fortunate to have someone with her combination of technical
proficiency, vision and leadership skills to coordinate our efforts
Beck will report directly to both the Provost and the EVP, will
have management responsibility for ISC, will have overall responsibility
for technology planning and implementation on campus and for the
bodies (including IT Roundtable) that have consultative and operating
responsibility in these areas. She will also replace Dr. O'Donnell
as an ex-officio member of the Council Committee on Communications.
Beck was named vice president for ISC in September, 2001, having
served as deputy vice president of ISC for more than a year (Almanac
September 4, 2001). As Vice President, Ms. Beck has been responsible
for the ongoing development and operation of Penn's information
technology infrastructure, network, support services and application
her tenure at ISC, Ms. Beck has been responsible for numerous
major initiatives, including the Penn's Y2K readiness plan; the
implementation of Penn in Touch; the development and implementation
of a variety of e-business products; and Penn's financial management
also directed the department's ongoing efforts to further develop
Penn's Internet capabilities for use with a variety of academic
enterprises, such as the recent Internet 2 demonstration between
the University of Grenoble and Penn.
Beck joined Penn in 1989. She holds a master's degree in industrial
administration from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree
from Seton Hill College.