Joanne Kossuth


Currently, Joanne acts as the Chief Information Officer for Mitchell College. In that role she is responsible for educational, administrative and enterprise technologies as well as for library information services. She is engaged in leveraging technology in the campus master plan as well as in providing leadership and strategy in best practices to the campus. In addition, Joanne is in the process of establishing her own business focused on supporting higher education through consultation, implementation practices and services and leadership development. As Vice President for Operations and CIO at Olin College, Ms. Kossuth had primary responsibility for the operational and technology areas of the college. These included: conference services, dining services, electronic security, facilities services, human resources, information technology, planning and project management, and public safety. In addition to her operations duties, she was responsible for fostering non-academic relationships with neighboring institutions, including Babson, Brandeis, and Wellesley College in her role as the Administrative Director of the BOW collaboration. Ms. Kossuth founded and convened the External Technology Advisory Board (EXTAB) upon her arrival at Olin College in November, 1999. The EXTAB continues to be an important part of IT governance at the College. More recently and in partnership with Thornton May, she founded the Olin Innovation Lab which brings together information technology innovators (CEOs, CIOs, CISOs, Sr VPs) on the Olin campus twice a year. As Chief Information Officer, Ms. Kossuth had a unique opportunity to design fully converged leading-edge technology facilities at Olin College from scratch, as well as to implement best IT practices from a clean slate. Her IT leadership led to her being named one of Computerworld's Premiere 100 CIOs in 2005. Her previous experience included Systems Manager at Fisher College, Director of Information Technology at Wheelock College and Director of Computer Support Services at the Boston University School of Management. Ms. Kossuth's professional background includes a B.A. from Holy Cross College and a M.S. from Lesley University with a concentration in developing and implementing information systems for small businesses. She also received technical certifications in areas such as network and security engineering from Novell, SANS, and Microsoft. She has been involved for a number of years in EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. Most recently she received the award for Community Leadership at the 2014 annual conference and serves as the Dean of the Leading Change Institute. Joanne was the Editor for the Viewpoints Column of EDUCAUSE Review in 2011 and served as a member of the Frey Leadership Council. She also chaired the 2009 Annual Program Committee which was responsible for a 7000+ person conference. Her previous service includes: EDUCAUSE Board Member, Demand Aggregation Task Force, Management Institute Faculty Member; Chair of the 2020 committee focused on insuring the future relevance of EDUCAUSE to its members; Nominations Committee member; EDUCAUSE Member Liaison Committee; Ryland Fellowship Advisory Group; Professional Development Committee and the Recognition Committee. Her publications include: Modeling Leadership and Looking at Clouds from All Sides Now published in EDUCAUSE Review, Attracting Women to Technical Professions,and Building Relationships Means Better IT Contracts, both published in EDUCAUSE Quarterly, as well as The Converged Workplace published in the ACUTA Journal of Technology in Higher Education, and Chapter 32 of Olin College: Academic and Olin Centers in the EDUCAUSE E-Book Learning Spaces. Ms. Kossuth continues to provide service and leadership to NERCOMP as the co-founder of the EDUCAUSE NERCOMP IT Manager Workshop Series and serves on the nominations committee. She also served as a member of the Town of Needham's Technology Advisory Committee, Needham's School Emergency Advisory Team, and Needham's Local Emergency Planning Team. Joanne is engaged as a Judge for the Computerworld Honors Program and the Connecticut Innovations Program; Chairs the ACUTA Higher Education Advisory Panel; and was selected as a member of Juniper Network's Higher Education Advisory Board, Plantronics Unified Communications Advisory Board,and E&I's Technology Strategy Team.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • EDUCAUSE 2012 Panel: A CIO's First Year
    • Article

    At the 2012 EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, four panelists talked about a CIO's first year, sharing their experience and advice on learning the institutional culture, working with stakeholders, understanding what's really behind a problem surfaced to the IT department, and effectively supporting strategic changes in information technology on campus.

EDUCAUSE Presentations