The IST Advisory Board provides strategic guidance and counsel to shape the future of the college. Comprised of alumni, friends, and corporate leaders, the Board serves as an ambassador for the college and advises the dean on matters critical to the growth and success of IST. Board members demonstrate leadership through mentorship, program support, and personal philanthropy.
Advisory Board Members
Joe Atkinson '92
Chief Digital Officer, PwC
Joe is a member of PwC's U.S. Leadership Team, where he is responsible for executing the organization’s vision to digitally enable the firm and better leverage technology and talent to bring greater value—and a better experience—to its people and clients. Since joining the firm in 1993, Atkinson has provided financial, operational, and compliance advice to some of PwC's largest and most complex clients in the entertainment, media, and communications fields.
Robert J. Bardusch '88
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Valley National Bank
Prior to joining Valley National Bank, Bob spent two years with MVB Bank as the Executive VP, Chief Information Officer, and Head of Technology and Operations. Additionally, Bob amassed nearly two decades of leadership positions at PNC Bank. Since joining PNC as a management consultant, Bardusch held many diverse senior technology leadership positions, including retail banking, commercial and institutional banking, marketing, operations, program management, process management, and strategic planning. He ultimately served as CIO for Risk Management, Enterprise Technology, and Operations.
Jessica Burke '00
Executive Director, Customer Experience Strategy and Operations, Comcast Corporation
Jessica is the Executive Director of Customer Experience Strategy and Operations at Comcast. Since joining the global media and technology conglomerate in 2005, Jessica has held several managerial positions at Comcast and is proud to be a female leader in the digital realm. In addition to joining the IST Advisory Board, she is involved with the Radnor Educational Foundation, a non- profit organization that provides grants to support Pennsylvania’s’ public schools. She is also a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications.
Executive Chairman, immixGroup, Inc. (Retired)
Jeff was the Executive Chairman and co-founder of immixGroup, Inc., a public sector-focused enterprise technology distributor. The Washington Post lists immixGroup as the 18th largest private company in the Washington, D.C., area with over $920 million in revenue. immixGroup has been named to Washington Business Journal’s list of the 50 fastest growing companies in the Washington, D.C., region and to the Inc. Magazine 500 | 5000 list of the country’s fastest growing private companies in each of the past four years.
Elizabeth King '79
Managing Partner, Elizabeth M. King Consulting, LLC
Elizabeth is a recently retired vice president of human resources solutions and services for Starbucks Corporation. During her tenure, the company grew from 1,100 to 24,400 coffee shops and increased its global presence from locations in four countries to now nearly 75. This significant growth provided exciting challenges and opportunities for Elizabeth during her more than 19 years with the company. In 2017, Elizabeth opened a small HR consultancy to address specific, important clients that requested her expertise. She is very active as a volunteer across Penn State.
Rod Murchison '91
Venture Lead, Terrain Insights, PwC
Rod is a seasoned industry leader with more than 20 years of experience in bringing innovative products and solutions to market. Prior to joining PwC, he was Vice President of Product Management for CrowdStrike, where he was responsible for driving product strategy and ensuring that products, pricing, and packaging created excellent value for CrowdStrike customers. Rod previously served as VP of Product Management for Tripwire, a leader in security and configuration management. While at Tripwire, his vision of a multi-service product architecture shaped the direction for the acquisition of nCircle and the delivery of the unified agent platform. Under his leadership, Tripwire captured significant share in the security and vulnerability management market and exited with a successful acquisition by Belden.
Steve Pace '82
Steve Pace Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Dynatrace
Steve is responsible for overseeing market leader Dynatrace's global sales, field engineering, and channel initiatives. He has more than 30 years' experience in information technology, including enterprise software, network management, storage management, security management, cloud computing, SaaS, managed application and data center services, and application performance management. Previously, Steve held executive roles at Raytheon's Cyber Security Products Group, Core Security Technologies, GeoTrust, Navisite, NetScout Systems, Seagate Technology, and IBM. He currently sits on the Board of Advisors for Boston-based security startup, Pwnie Express, and on the board of Servemerge, a 501(c)(3) organization that bridges the gap between volunteers and those seeking assistance with service projects. Pace graduated from Penn State with honors and a degree in Electrical Engineering, and he also studied at the University of Arizona while at IBM.
Ronald Police '82
President, Customer Operations, SAP
Ron serves as President of Customer Operations for SAP National Security Services (NS2), where he is responsible for leading the software and professional services lines of business, as well as, NS2’s innovation center, NS2 Labs. He brings more than 30 years of information technology experience to SAP NS2. His leadership and expertise are focused on corporate strategy, investments, innovation, and driving profitable revenue growth. Before joining SAP, Ron provided consulting services for executive coaching, sales, marketing, and channel distribution strategies to both commercial and government markets. He also served nearly a decade as a vice president for Apple, Inc., where he was responsible for all aspects of government business. At Apple, he implemented strategies to boost profitability and drive interest in the Mac, and launched mobility solutions for federal, state, and local governments. Prior to Apple, Ron worked at Oracle Corporation for 17 years, serving as Senior Vice President for various organizations within Oracle Service Industries.
David Reese '78
Chairman, API Systems, Inc.
David serves as Chairman of API Systems, Inc., whose company provides IT cloud solutions and consulting and whose clients include a number of Fortune 100 companies in the pharma and telecom industries. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of API Media, a digital media company, whose clients include the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).
John Viglione '84g
Executive Vice President, Vertex
John is a member of the Executive Council at Vertex, where he is responsible for the strategic and operational alignment of the company. In addition, John is responsible for Vertex’s leadership in multiple industry standards organizations related to the technology, financial, and tax industries. John initially joined Vertex as its Chief Technology Officer to complete the introduction of its then-early market client/server offerings, while leading the efforts to architect its next generation global transactional system, known today as Vertex Indirect Tax O Series, an on-premise and cloud technology platform. John is active in the technology and industry analyst community associated with the global technology ecosystems, and he is responsible for business development and partner ventures. Prior to joining Vertex, John spent more than 15 years within Fortune 500 companies, focusing on comprehensive enterprise IT initiatives.
Emeritus Board Members
Edward M. Frymoyer '59 '67g
President, Frymoyer Holdings, Inc.
Ed is the president of Frymoyer Holdings, Inc. and is a board member of NanoHorizons, Inc., which provides SmartSilver for medical, textile, and building materials antimicrobial properties. He was a founder of Pulsar Ventures, LLC, an early stage technology venture investing company that was the founding investor in NanoHorizons. Ed also serves on the board of Hanson Technologies, Inc., a company located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, that provides an UltraRapid detection technology for identifying harmful bacteria in fresh vegetables and other food products. He is the founder of and a partner in Infinity I/O, which provides storage networking training services.
Donald A. Haile '64
Senior Vice President and Site General Manager, Fidelity Investments (Retired)
In his last position, Don was Senior Vice President and Site General Manager for the North Carolina facilities of Fidelity Investments, the largest mutual fund company in the United States. From 1998 to 2006, he served as the Chief Information Officer for Fidelity Investments in Boston and as a venture partner with Fidelity Ventures.
Antonio Pensa '67g '69g
Assistant Director Emeritus, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Throughout his career, Tony has been responsible for military space activities, including those in support of the National Reconnaissance Office. He joined the Laboratory in November 1969 after receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Penn State. His initial assignments at Lincoln Laboratory were associated with the Re-entry Systems and the Air Traffic Control Programs. Subsequently, Tony was responsible for the development and implementation of the coherent integration tracking, which led to the realization of a U.S. operational deep space radar capability. He was instrumental in establishing the Space Surveillance Program at Lincoln Laboratory and is currently responsible for Laboratory programs in Space Control.