Jerome (Jerry) DeSanto

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Jerome (Jerry) DeSanto has honed his skills as a leader of strategic planning efforts during his time as the Vice-President for Planning and Chief Information Officer at the University of Scranton. In his planning role, …

Jerry is responsible for institutional planning, governance, effectiveness, policy work, and accreditation. He has led two strategic planning efforts, was instrumental in revising the University’s system of governance, and served on three Middle States accreditation visiting teams.

In his information technology role, he has broad responsibilities for a highly-centralized IT function that includes the campus network, data center, information security, IT services, institutional research, and the full range of institutional information assets. Under Jerry’s leadership IT at Scranton has been recognized for its progressive network practices. Over his 30-plus years at the University of Scranton Jerry has served on, led, or chaired numerous boards and committees, including external entities such as the Campus School Board, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute Board, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities CIO group, and most recently the Leadership Board of CIO’s (LBCIO); and on internal committees including the University Planning Committee, the Information Resources Advisory Committee and the University Governance Committee.

Jerry has taught management courses as an adjunct professor in the University’s Kania School of Management for over two decades, including designing and offering the first web-based business course at the University. Additionally, he has done extensive IT consulting in the both the public and private sectors. Jerry received his BS and MBA from the University of Scranton and his EdD from the University of Pennsylvania. The title of his dissertation is “The Evolution of the Higher Education Polymath: How the role of the chief information officer is being impacted by information technology industry forces.”