Deborah Whitten is a Director for the Workday enterprise system across the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), supporting nine institutions and multiple sites with 30,000 employees and 100,000+ students. She joined NSHE in September of 2018, one year after Workday was deployed for Finance, Payroll, and HR operations. She is responsible for strategy, planning, expansion, and support of all Workday functions and integrations.
Prior to NSHE, Deborah (Deb) served as Assistant Vice President for IT Customer Service and Support, and Assistant Vice President of Planning and Program Management, for seven years in the University Technology Office at Arizona State University. Deb has worked in higher education IT for nearly 30 years holding leadership roles in centralized administrative and academic computing units, including serving as Executive Director for Enterprise Applications at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina, and as Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Deb holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Technology from Purdue University and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education Administration from Arizona State University. She has a Project Management Professional (PMP), and SCRUM Master (CSM) certification from the Project Management Institute, and a Certified Government CIO (CGCIO) certification from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is also skilled and certified in ITIL (v.3&4) and Organizational Change Management.
For many institutions, technology has become a strategic and mission-centric consideration. Yet most prevailing IT funding models are based on practices that do not reflect the changing landscape or the necessity of continuous investment.