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Penn College appoints chief information officer

Pennsylvania College of Technology has selected Jeffrey J. Brown, an administrator with more than 20 years’ experience advancing the use of technology in higher education, to serve as vice president for information technology/chief information officer.

Brown, who officially begins his duties on July 12, comes to Penn College from Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont, where he has been employed as vice president for technology/chief information officer.

Jeffrey J. BrownPreviously, he was chief information officer and director of IT user services at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He also served as associate director of computing services, systems programmer and programmer analyst at the University of South Florida, College of Arts and Sciences.

Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida and an Associate of Arts in psychology from St. John’s River State College, Orange Park, Florida. He also has certifications in Lean/Agile management and practice.

In his new role at Penn College, Brown will provide leadership, vision, management and advanced technical knowledge in the design, development and implementation of the college’s strategic plans for information technology.

He will also coordinate campuswide information technology planning among Information Technology Services, Educational & Emerging Technologies, Academic Affairs, academic school offices, administrative offices, the Madigan Library and Workforce Development at Penn College. Brown will also serve on President’s Council.

“We are pleased to find someone with Jeff’s technology expertise and communication skills – and relevant experience as a chief information officer in higher education – to lead our Information Technology Services department into the future,” said President Davie Jane Gilmour. “His impact will be felt immediately as we implement our new ERP (enterprise resource planning) system, which will enhance essential operational tasks collegewide.”

“Jeff is not only a highly regarded, strategic-thinking CIO; he is also an engaging and student-focused leader who possesses the broadest range of technical skills,” said Patrick Marty, chief of staff. “Further, Jeff’s most recent experience supporting the career-focused curriculum at Champlain College gives him the foundation to lead our outsized efforts to keep pace with sea changes in workforce needs and across industry sectors – changes that have only accelerated as we recover from a global pandemic.”

Brown, an Ohio native, and his spouse, Jessica, a native Floridian and anthropologist-researcher who works as a data scientist for an online data platform, enjoy hiking, gardening and travel.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.