Finalists for West Virginia University’s associate provost for information technology and chief information officer will visit the main campus beginning Tuesday (Oct. 2).

“We had a number of extremely qualified candidates apply for this position,” said Joyce McConnell, dean of the WVU College of Law and chair of the search committee. “We are very excited about the caliber of these three individuals.”

Candidates will spend a full day in Morgantown, spending half a day with faculty and staff in the Office of Information Technology and half a day with administration, faculty and staff on the Main Campus.

The three candidates are:

Cole Camplese (Oct. 2)

In his current position as senior director for teaching and learning with technology at Pennsylvania State University, Camplese creates technology solutions to meet the needs of 96,000 students and 20,000 faculty and staff. He oversees a staff of nearly 100 and administers a budget that supports teaching and learning with technology for the entire Penn State system.

His unit is tasked with, among other things, managing technology in classrooms, labs, and other learning spaces. Camplese also has a leadership role in the Penn State information technology services organization that oversees everything from telecommunications and security to digital library technologies and high-speed computing. He is a member of the IT leadership council, the Instructional Technology Task Force and the Faculty Senate.

Camplese has been recognized as Educause Learning Technologies Leadership faculty and as an Apple Distinguished Educator. He is a recipient of the Macromedia Higher Education Innovation award, the New Media Center of Excellence award, and the IST Innovator’s award. He has taught and published on the innovative incorporation of technology in the classroom and has been an invited speaker at more than 30 professional meetings and conferences.

Camplese earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from WVU and a master’s degree in instructional technology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

John Campbell (Oct. 9)

As associate vice president for information technology at Purdue University, Campbell provides strategic leadership to the university and regional campuses; selects, implements, and supports software applications; develops information technology policies; and collaborates with a wide range of campus constituencies to support campus governance. He oversees a staff ranging from 60 to 100 and manages a budget ranging from $4 to $9 million.

Dr. Campbell has participated extensively in externally funded projects, many focused on the development and support of new cyber-infrastructure for the campus community. His grants total approximately $20 million over the last 12 years.

He has also published book chapters and journal articles, the latter largely on analytics and learning design, and has presented extensively at meetings in the profession.

His research interest is in learning design and technology, most recently on the development of analytical approaches to identifying students at risk and improving their success.

Campbell has been named “One to Watch” by CIO Magazine and has patents pending on his analytical approaches to identifying students at risk.

Campbell earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics education, a master’s degree in educational technology, and a Ph.D. in higher education administration, all from Purdue.

Jeannie Winston (Oct. 10)

In her current role as vice chancellor for information services at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Winston is responsible for supporting the entire campus community’s information technology and strategic planning needs. She manages a staff of 70 and has implemented a number of new IT solutions on the Little Rock campus, including a call distribution system and tracking and reporting system for their help desk. She also served as the director of human relations at Little Rock and has taught and presented extensively on both information technology problem-solving and on personnel problem-solving.

Winston sits on the steering committee that developed her university’s current strategic plan, and also worked on sub-committees with specific focus on community engagement and distance education.

She holds a chief information officer certification from Carnegie Mellon CIO Institute and is also a member of the Arkansas Bar Association.

Winston has a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in business administration, law degree and a doctor of education degree, all from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Executive search firm Witt-Kieffer facilitated this search. For more information regarding the candidates and the position description, see

Mark Six, WVU’s director of enterprise infrastructure and technical services, has been serving as interim executive director of the Office of Information Technology since December 2011. It is anticipated that the new associate provost & chief information officer will begin Jan. 1.



CONTACT: Russell Dean, WVU senior associate provost

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