Leadership Team

Dr. Joanne C. Peca

Dr. Joanne Peca, Chief Information Officer for Penn State Altoona, has worked in the field of information technology for over twenty years, in both hands-on and leadership roles. The majority of her career has been spent in the realm of higher education, focusing on strategic organizational leadership and technology in education. In addition to her role as CIO, she is an adjunct instructor for Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology's graduate programs.

Dr. Peca holds a doctorate in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University, a Master of Science in Information Systems from Drexel University, a Master of Business Administration from Rider University, a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Penn State University, and a Professional Certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh and Rider University.

Dr. Peca is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a certified ITIL Expert, and she holds a certification for online teaching from Penn State University.

Cynthia Golden

Cynthia Golden is the director of the University Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is responsible for leading online learning, teaching support, instructional technology, measurement and evaluation of teaching, and other academic support services. She serves as a member of the Council of Deans, the Provost's Advisory Council on Instructional Excellence, the Task Force on Undergraduate Education, as well as other academic committees and task forces related to education, information technology, online learning, diversity and accessibility. She recently completed service on the board of directors of the NMC.

Prior to joining Pitt, Cynthia served for eight years as Vice President of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit international association whose mission is to advance higher education through the use of information technology (IT.) She previously held CIO and senior IT leadership roles at Duquesne University, MIT and Carnegie Mellon. While with Pitt she directed the Senior Directors Seminar and the Senior Leadership Roundtable at EDUCAUSE, was a faculty member in the EDUCAUSE New IT Mangers program and was a faculty member in the Sloan-C Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL.)

She is a frequent presenter at conferences, author of numerous articles, and author and editor of the book Cultivating Careers: Professional Development for Campus IT. She served on the Board of Directors of the IMS Global Learning Consortium, the Seminars on Academic Computing, the Northeast Regional Computing Consortium and CAUSE; and served as a member of many professional association committees throughout her career. She is an alumna of Indiana University of PA and of the University of Pittsburgh.