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Heading ISC: Robin Beck

Provost 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).

"Robin 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 in ISC."

Ms. 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.

Ms. 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 development.

During 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 system.

She 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.

Ms. 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.

Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 32, April 30, 2002


April 30, 2002
Volume 48 Number 32

School of Social Work selects three recipients for Excellence in Teaching Awards.
Robin Beck will succeed Jim O'Donnell at ISC when he leaves for Georgetown.
Virginia Clark leaves Penn for a newly created post at the Smithsonian.
Penn's Chaplain denounces hate speech.
The Bridge: Cinema De Lux comes to 40th and Walnut.
The Museum is preparing to open its new wing and courtyard to the community with several celebrations, tours and a new exhibition.
Retirement seminars for investors of all ages and at all stages of planning.
Procedures for the establishment, merger, and closing of departments, divisions and entities within schools.