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Penn State Tech Guru Takes New Job

An adept administrator, well-liked professor, and one of the Penn State community’s most visible online voices announced Tuesday he will accept a new position at Stony Brook University effective Aug. 12. Cole Camplese will take over as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at the Stony Brook, N.Y.-based campus.

Camplese’s announcement continues the trend of recent departures of A-list academic talent this summer. At Penn State, Camplese has served as senior director for Teaching and Learning with Technology, affecting nearly every student in some way through his instructional initiatives. He has worked at University Park since 1998.

Camplese’s achievements are numerous. His efforts have led to the inception of Blogs at Penn State, Podcasts at Penn State, the Media Commons, Adobe Connect Pro, iTunes U, ePortfolio, and the Educational Gaming Commons. He also spearheaded MOOCs at Penn State, co-directs the Center of Online Innovation and Learning, and serves as a Faculty Senate member. Unfortunately, Camplese was travelling and could not be reached for comment.

Whether he is publicly speaking, podcasting, or writing about technology, it’s difficult not to be struck by the leaving administrator’s enthusiasm for his career and industry trends.

In his most recent blog post, he wrote about engaging with faculty, “You have to care about the people. This isn’t about money, it is about finding ways for people to make deep and meaningful connections — and trust me, that takes time.”

Check out Camplese in this 2009 “10 Questions” post, distinguished by being Onward State’s very first podcast. We wish him the best.

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