Cole W. Camplese stepped into the role of Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Stony Brook University on Aug. 12, 2013. He reports directly to President Samuel L. Stanley, serves on President Stanley's senior leadership team, and oversees the Division of Information Technology which provides, operates, and maintains computing and telecommunication facilities, and equipment and services that meet the needs of the educational, research, and administrative programs of the University. Camplese also collaborates with the Chief Information Officer of Stony Brook University Hospital in the development of information systems between the main academic campus and the medicine campus.
Camplese came to Stony Brook after serving as the Senior Director for Teaching and Learning with Technology at The Pennsylvania State University from 2010-13. In that position, Camplese provided strategic direction to enhance the use of technology in teaching, learning, and research. He was responsible for classroom and lab design and management, guided ongoing training initiatives, and worked to establish innovative approaches to support the integration of technologies into learning environments. His primary area of focus was the integration of emerging and collaborative technologies into learning spaces. He also served as the co-director in the Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State and served as a member of Penn State's Faculty Senate. He worked to integrate several technologies into curricular activities at Penn State to support digital expression as a form of scholarship. He and his team led the creation of the Blogs at Penn State, Podcasts at Penn State, the Media Commons, Adobe Connect Pro, iTunes U, ePortfolio, and the Educational Gaming Commons. He worked to introduce Yammer to the Penn State community as a way to actively engage in cross campus social conversations and as a social learning platform. He also led the move for Penn State to join the MOOC movement through a strategic partnership with Coursera.
Prior to his appointment to Senior Director, Camplese served as the Director of Education Technology Services at Penn State where he was responsible for identifying emergent trends and oversaw University-wide initiatives with a focus on impacting teaching and learning with technology. From 1999-2005, Camplese served in various roles in Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology, culminating as the Director of the IST Solutions Institute. When he first joined Penn State in 1998, Camplese was an instructional designer at the newly-established World Campus. It was in these early interactions that much of the foundation was built for some of the guiding principles of online course design still being utilized at Penn State to drive the growth of the World Campus.
Camplese is an Apple Distinguished Educator, selected for his innovative uses of technology in support of his teaching and administrative work. He was also the principle investigator and chief administrator for the Pennsylvania Governor's School in Information Technology. He regularly taught a very popular graduate seminar, Disruptive Technologies for Teaching in Learning, in Penn State's College of Education.
An established public speaker, Camplese provides practical insight into the use of technologies to drive greater classroom and organizational engagement. Additionally, he has served on several industry and higher education advisory boards ranging from data storage management, Junior Achievement, to the Apple Digital Campus.
Camplese is a 1994 graduate of West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. He received a Masters of Sciences degree in Instructional Technology from Bloomsburg University. He and his wife, Kristin, live in Setauket with their two children, Madeline and Max.