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Samantha Singhal (University of Rochester)

Samantha Singhal
Director, IT Planning and Administration

Rochester, New York
UNITED STATES

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Biography

Samantha Singhal is Director for Planning and Administration in the Office of the Vice President for IT. She is responsible for information technology planning, HR/administration, and IT communications. Samantha has oversight for the University’s technology store, contract management, print services, equipment recovery, and the desktop teams that support the executive officers. She also leads the organization's professional development and diversity and inclusion programs.

During her tenure in higher education, Samantha has worked in several IT disciplines, including software development, quality assurance, project management, and communications. One of her first projects was the implementation of PeopleSoft for Human Resources, Payroll, and Benefits processing. More recently, Samantha has led the development of an institution-wide IT Annual Report and an award-winning information security awareness program. She also played a pivotal role in the development of the FY09-FY13 Information Technology Strategic Plan.

Samantha is actively engaged in diversity and organizational development efforts. She has authored a research bulletin titled “Attract, Retain, and Engage the Best: Building an Inclusive IT Culture through Professional Development” that was published in 2010 by EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research. Samantha has presented nationally on transformational ways to develop people in an organization and represented University IT’s diversity and inclusion program at the University of Rochester’s annual diversity conference.

Samantha earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration—Computer Information Systems from West Texas A&M University in 1997 and Master of Science in Information Systems Management from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 2000. She is currently an online reviewer for the EDUCAUSE Review Committee.

Samantha is originally from India, but also lived in Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates before coming to the U.S. to pursue undergraduate studies, making her extremely familiar with the experiences of an international student on campus. She is active in the community – she co-chairs the Parent Group at her sons’ Middle School and is a friendship volunteer for international students with Rochester Global Connections. Samantha enjoys traveling and exploring new destinations with her family.

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