Cal Poly Announces Associate Vice President for Information Technology

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly has named Alison Robinson as associate vice president for information technology.

Robinson will serve as second-in-command to Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer Bill Britton, directing daily operations for Cal Poly's Information Technology Services (ITS) division. Robinson will start at Cal Poly on Feb. 28.

Robinson brings more than 20 years of higher education and information technology expertise to Cal Poly, including five years as associate vice president and deputy chief information officer for the University of Maryland – College Park.

“Alison's proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty and staff to deliver high-quality technology services to a university makes her an incredible asset to Cal Poly,” Britton said. “She has impressive technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of Amazon Web Services, which is crucial to the university's cloud transformation efforts.”

Robinson will lead the effort to develop a technology service delivery model for Cal Poly that will set the standard for the California State University (CSU) system and beyond.

"I pursued the opportunity with Cal Poly for many reasons, chief among them is the philosophy of Learn by Doing,” Robinson said. “In the field of technology, you must constantly be learning, applying that knowledge, and innovating. I am excited to join Cal Poly and the San Luis Obispo community to continue to bring academic expertise and experience together to build great things."

In her role at University of Maryland, Robinson led a team of 220 employees, providing strategic planning and operational oversight. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Robinson served as director of application services at the University of South Florida, where she led the application development group that managed the university’s enterprise systems. She has also served as the director of information technology at the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee, supporting the academic and technical missions of the College of Education, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, and the College of Health Sciences.

Robinson earned her bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee; and a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate and a master’s degree in computer science education, both from Cardinal Stritch University.

Alison Robinson

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