LTS enterprise systems director Manny Pena to retire March 31, 2020

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Manny Pena

Manny Pena, Director of Enterprise Systems for Library and Technology Services (LTS), has announced that he is retiring from Lehigh University on March 31, 2020.

Manny came to Lehigh in 1996 as the university’s inaugural information systems auditor, previously serving as an Assistant Vice President of Information Systems Audit at Bank of America.

Early in his career, Manny worked on the university’s Y2K project, and led a team to evaluate numerous Human Resources and Payroll applications, which led to the selection of Banner as the university’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

Following his promotion to Director of Enterprise Systems Implementation (ESI) in 2002, Manny led the Banner implementation project, known as Lehigh’s Enterprise Wide Information Systems (LEWIS), with responsibility for the management of its $5M budget.

LTS Vice Provost Greg Reihman said, “Manny has been a paragon of professionalism here at Lehigh. He possesses a deep understanding of IT systems and an appreciation of the unique needs of higher education institutions. Combine that with his ability to lead teams, oversee complex projects, and communicate skillfully with outside vendors and you’ll understand why he has seen such success in his many enterprise-wide projects. We all have Manny to thank for his years of service and for his mentorship of many staff in LTS and across campus. He leaves a legacy of reliable, professionally run systems, and a team that is prepared to continue the important work he has done so well over the past 24 years.”

Working with IBM and LTS leadership, Manny was instrumental in the development of the university’s business continuity plan and selection of an off-site location for testing the recovery of Lehigh’s tier 1 applications and systems. Most recently, he served as project lead for the planning and transition of on-premise Banner to the Ellucian Private Cloud.

Manny was a founding member of the Pennsylvania Banner User’s Group (PABUG), along with constituents from various Pennsylvania universities. He held several positions since 1999, including Vice President, President, and Ellucian Resource Coordinator. He was honored with a PABUG Emeriti award in 2014 for his service to the organization.

Manny graduated from Moravian College in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Management, Information Systems.

We wish Manny well in his retirement and thank him for his dedicated service to Lehigh!

A joint on-campus reception will be held for Manny and for Pam Steigerwalt, who is also retiring next month, on Friday, March 6th, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Linderman Library Rotunda. We hope you will be able to join us as we celebrate their many contributions to Lehigh and Library and Technology Services.

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