Cole W. Camplese

Vice President & CIO
Cole W. Camplese serves as the Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer at Northeastern University. In this role, he oversees Information Technology Services and the many services that support the needs of the educational, research, administrative activities, and innovative endeavors of the University. As Chief Information Officer, Camplese is charged with the creation of strategic IT initiatives that align with the University’s mission, culture, and long-term goals. He works closely across the campus community with the Provost, Deans, students, faculty, and staff to deliver programs and services that enhance teaching, learning, research, and student experiences.

Strategic Priorities

Alignment with Northeastern 2025

Mobile/Digital/Cloud First

Build an organizational philosophical foundation in the support of the future of IT at the University as it relates to Northeastern 2025.


Delighting the Community

Be leaders in the delivery of services, transform the customer experience, and work to delight the community.


Operational Excellence

Enhance and grow a culture of operational excellence through leadership in the ongoing enhancement and deployment of enterprise solutions.



Broadly and positively impact research activities that support Northeastern’s commitment to advancing knowledge.


Teaching and Learning

Promote a world-class teaching and learning organization with technology that inspires faculty and students to achieve the educational vision set forth in Northeastern 2025.


Information Security

Work to enhance the University’s information security stance to ensure a safe and secure information environment.



Invest in the growth of IT professionals throughout Northeastern to place job and career satisfaction, development, and opportunity at the center of organizational decisions and design.



Expand our commitment to campus-wide engagement through the use of the web as a communication tool, within and outside of ITS, to more fully engage ITS staff, campus partners, and the broader University community.

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The Rules of Engagement

Thanks to all for a great All-Hands Meeting last week. To those who were there, you got to see me embarrass myself (and my kids) a little bit. That may be motivation enough for those of you not able to attend to watch the video recording that we’ll be sharing on...

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Change isn’t easy. Whether it is a technical change, an organizational change, or a culture shift, variations from what we are used to are difficult. Those latter two types of change are often the hardest. I bring this up is because ITS itself must change to keep up...

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To Retrain or to Hire? That Is the Tech Talent Question

A good read, sent to me by a colleague this morning. The CIOs I know are having this conversation all the time, but it may be slightly more nuanced in higher education. While we know our institutions are facing a wave of digital disruption, we also know that we are...

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