IT Services is pleased to announce that Marcus Robinson will be joining us as our first ever Executive Director for Engagement, Alignment, and Strategy, effective October 3.

Since 2009, Robinson has served as Communications Director and Senior Advisor for the Vice Provost for Information Technology at The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State Robinson championed and supported a broad portfolio of community building, engagement, organizational change, staff development and communication efforts. Prior to joining Penn State, Robinson spent eleven years at the University of Dayton, where he conceived and led numerous strategic projects involving web and emerging technologies for academic and administrative areas throughout the university.

Cole W. Camplese, Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer notes, “We are so excited to have Marcus join the IT Services team. He brings with him a diversity of skills that will help us advance our goal of providing world class support and services to the University community. I will be looking to Marcus to immediately offer insight into how we continue to grow campus-wide engagement strategies and to take a lead role in bringing all of IT at UChicago closer together.”

At UChicago, Robinson will provide vision and leadership for a wide range of community engagement and communication efforts, establish and guide IT governance activities — including the formation of an IT-wide leadership council — and facilitate strategic partnerships that strengthen the ability of the CIO’s office and the overall IT enterprise to serve the University and its mission.

“I’m thrilled to join such a strong, dedicated team, and to have the opportunity to contribute to the thriving academic community at the University of Chicago,” Robinson said. “The UChicago IT enterprise is taking significant and important steps to strengthen its ability to support the University — I am excited to help enable that good work.”