Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Tej Patel joined Stevens in August 2020 as Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. A forward-looking leader with more than 15 years of higher education and corporate information technology experience, he is responsible for formulating a unifying IT vision and strategy aligned with Stevens' overarching mission.
Before coming to Stevens, Tej held several leadership positions at the University of Pennsylvania including Penn Nursing Chief Information Officer and IT director of systems and infrastructure service at the Annenberg School for Communications. At the University of Pennsylvania, Tej advanced the goals of the university’s strategic plan by aligning it with the IT strategic plan, which included developing and implementing digital exostructure strategy culture for IT including a four-year roadmap addressing governance, judiciously managing multiple multimillion IT budgets, and developing a successful team to digitally transform the organization. Tej implemented Online Learning and Teaching, Research-as-a-Service, Cloud First, Clinical Education Platform, and EPIC for Education programs for Penn Nursing. He lead programs to generate an external revenue stream while maintaining the education and research mission via a broad community in healthcare ecosystem. He provided IT leadership to a 50+million hospital and lead IT merger and acquisition efforts for the school. Tej also co-chaired the IT Roundtable for the University of Pennsylvania.
Tej has experience providing value with state-of-the-art IT services, enhanced customer-centric services, and complex problem-solving; and advancing cultures of innovation, digital product management, and change management skills for all enterprise IT services. Tej is a serial technologist deeply interested in building and leading IT organizations focused on advanced technology, technology strategy, and innovation; and delivering connected services and customer experiences.
Tej earned a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in management information systems from Montclair State University and is a candidate for a master of science in organizational dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania.