ITS Organization & Contacts

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CIO’s Office

CIO’s Office

The Office of the Chief Information Officer develops and implements strategies to provide a coherent and coordinated approach across the many domains of information technology for the entire university. The office promotes information technology solutions that improve teaching, learning, research, and administrative efficiencies. The CIO:

  • reports to and works closely with the Provost and other university leaders, advising on matters of information technology strategy, investment and security
  • acts as a catalyst for both short- and long-term planning, continuously assessing and re-balancing the appropriate mix of people, processes, and technology to advance university priorities and driving many of Humboldt’s technology projects and initiatives
  • provides day-to-day leadership and administration of the six major units within Information Technology Services and an $8.9 million annual budget
  • represents the information technology needs of Cal Poly Humboldt at the CSU level

Interim Chief Information Officer: Bethany Gilden

Phone: (707) 826-3815

ITS Administrative Support

ITS Administrative Support

The Administrative Support team takes care of:

  • all requests for access to Humboldt information systems by university employees
  • financial transaction management for the campus Pay-for-Print system
  • general business support functions for ITS departments and staff

Key points of contact:

  • Budget Management, Contracts & Software Licensing: Rachael Gipson (707) 826-6126
  • Access Requests, Campus Operator & Pay-for-Print Refunds: Jen Celotto (707) 826-6183
  • ITS Personnel, TNS Key Advisor, Pay-for-Print Revenue: Elsa Haraldson (707) 826-6110
  • Purchasing: Sonia Santana (707) 826-6104

Location: Van Matre Hall, Room 200

General phone number: (707) 826-3815

Information Security

Information Security

The information security team manages all aspects of information security on campus: 

  • Security awareness training
  • Technical controls
  • Mandatory compliance activities as required by federal and state laws as well as CSU policy

The team keeps abreast of events and standards in the information security industry, issuing news bulletins and alerts to the campus whenever a security-related event poses a risk to campus information security.

Information Security Officer: Tom Lukins (Interim)

Security Operations Center

Alex Hampel
Brennen Rose

General phone number: (707) 826-3815

Send security incident reports and questions to:

Telecommunications & Network Services

Telecommunications & Network Services

Telecommunications & Network Services (TNS) is the group that manages the campus phone system, both wired and wireless networks, and other communications equipment.

Lead: Duncan Hughes (Interim)

General phone number: (707) 826-3815

Contact the Technology Help Desk for TNS support issues

Information Systems

Information Systems

The Information Systems group manages campus information systems, which covers:

  • application development and design
  • the Humboldt identity management system
  • the myHumboldt portal
  • the Humboldt sections of the CSU-hosted PeopleSoft systems (Student, Human Resources, Finance)
  • database administration
  • feeds to a growing number of cloud applications
  • our ever-expanding data warehouse

Application Development and Design Lead: Ken Thrift

Enterprise Data Management Lead: Troy Butolph

General phone number: (707) 826-3815


User Support Services

User Support Services

User Support Services is the first stop for staff, faculty, and students looking for help with technology support needs, including:

  • hardware
  • software
  • phones
  • network and other connectivity issues
  • equipment checkout
  • video conferencing
  • accessible instructional materials.

Simple, convenient, and customer-friendly, we offer a single phone number to access all these services. Just call (707) 826-HELP (4357) or submit a support request.

Director: Breck Robinson

Locations: Gist Hall Rooms 211 & 213/Library 101/Theater Arts Room 12

General phone number: (707) 826-HELP (4357)


Accessibility Resource Center (ARC)

It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability.

ARC provides resources and services to assist Humboldt students, staff, and faculty to comply with the CSU’s Accessible Technology Initiative. ARC staff will assist the Humboldt community by providing digital document processing, document scanning and conversion, and assistance with determining where closed captioning is desirable.

Location: Library 111H

Lead: Jeanne Wielgus 707-826-4206

General phone number: (707) 826-4200

General email:

Desktop Support

The Desktop Support Team provides the following services for faculty and staff:

  • Technical assistance with
    • Desktop and laptop computers and tablets owned by Humboldt
    • Network managed copiers and printers
    • Software troubleshooting
  • Consultation for
    • New computer and technology purchases
    • Software purchasing
  • Computer lifecycle
    • Computer refresh planning and deployment
    • Safe disposal of outdated equipment

Lead: Emily Oparowski (707) 826-5284

Help Desk

The Technology Help Desk is your initial point of contact for the Information Technology Services department. If you are having difficulties accessing Cal Poly Humboldt systems, need your password reset, have a telephone issue, networking problems or issues with your computer, the Technology Help Desk is here to help!  We are just a call, email, or visit away.

Location: Library 101

Lead: Drew Meyer

General email:

General phone number: (707) 826-4357

When the Technology Help Desk is closed, urgent problems with the university voice or data networks should be reported to the University Police Department at (707) 826-5555.


ITS Project Office

ITS Project Office

Working with project sponsors and stakeholders across campus, the Project Office defines and delivers information technology services and solutions in alignment with the university’s goals and priorities. The Project Office also keeps campus informed about IT-related activities and maintains the ITS website content to ensure information is current and relevant.

Director: Billie Herman (Interim) (707) 826-5283

Project Coordinators:

Phil Rouse (707) 826-5097

Sabre Stacey (707) 826-5238

Web support: Bruce Tiffee

Enterprise and Client Technology

Enterprise and Client Technology

The Enterprise and Client Technology (ECT) group consists of 14 full-time employees and 15 student assistants across three teams:

  • System Administration
  • Computer Labs & Smart Classrooms
  • Client Technology Integration

The ECT unit is responsible for the delivery of effective, secure, and reliable technology services that enable, promote, and support students, faculty and staff in pursuit of their goals. As a customer service group, our highest priority is to be responsive to the strategic IT needs of the campus.

The team offers leadership, consultation, and support in the advancement of technology by engaging the campus community and working in collaborative partnerships with Humboldt's schools, colleges, and administrative divisions.

Director: A Cade Webb

Phone: (707) 826-5229

Computer Labs & Smart Classrooms

The Computer Labs & Smart Classroom team is responsible for all the technology used in Humboldt’s learning spaces. This includes computers, software, presentation equipment, remote control devices such as clickers, and printers used for teaching and learning.

The team is committed to providing the highest-possible quality of service to students, staff, and faculty, in support of the university’s emphasis on student success. Through the extensive use of analytics and other predictive technologies, the team aims to minimize interruptions to instruction due to technology issues and works to provide a consistently excellent learning environment at all times.

Phone: (707) 826-3957

Client Technology Integration

The Client Technology team’s goal is to help everyone at Humboldt be as productive as possible through the smart use of enterprise tools and automation, so they are always on the lookout for innovative technologies that support those goals.

The team is responsible for building, deploying, and updating the application sets for campus computers, including computer images and applications along with Microsoft and third party software updates. They are continually working to improve the reliability, performance, and security of computers and computing devices on campus.

Lead: Breck Robinson

Phone: (707) 826-6212

System Administration

The System Administration team is responsible for campus data center servers and services, which may be physically present at Humboldt or in the cloud.  Wherever possible, data center resources are integrated to support the mission of the campus in the most efficient manner.

The team is tasked with providing redundancy, scalability, and high availability of data center resources thus ensuring accessibility around the clock.  To make certain everything runs smoothly, the team conducts continuous analysis, research, and proactive monitoring.


Phone: (707) 826-3815