Since 2006, Mr. Augustson has served as a consultant for the IT Leadership Development Program being delivered by MOR Associates to over 25 universities across the country. He has participated in and facilitated the workshop sessions and has coached IT leaders from several universities, with a focus on leaders at Michigan State University and the University of Iowa. Mr. Augustson continues to find great satisfaction in his post-retirement role of helping instill in higher education's future IT leaders the skills that they will need to successfully guide their institutions in these increasingly complex environments.
Prior to 2006, Mr. Augustson served as the Vice Provost for Information Technology at The Pennsylvania State University for over 24 years. As Penn State's Chief Information Officer, Mr. Augustson played a key role in making Penn State, at all of its 24 campuses, a national leader in applying information technology to the challenges faced by higher education.
Mr. Augustson was a leader in higher education's national networking efforts and played a key role in shaping higher education's position on national information technology policy issues. He chaired the Internet2 Steering Committee that launched Internet2 and served on advisory boards for numerous leading information technology companies. In 2001, he was awarded Educause's Excellence in Leadership Award for his extraordinary effectiveness, influence, statesmanship, and lifetime achievement both at Penn State and in the broader higher education community.