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Milwaukee County, Wis., CIO to Leave for Marquette University

After nearly 30 years of service to the county, Laurie Panella has accepted the job of chief information officer with Marquette University. She begins in the new role Aug. 19.

by / July 29, 2019
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After 27 years with Milwaukee County, Wis., CIO Laurie Panella will be leaving civil service to assume a CIO role at her alma mater, Marquette University.

Panella was promoted to Milwaukee County’s CIO in 2009, where she implemented IT solutions and systems for the local government’s $1.1 billion operation and oversaw a staff of 4,400. She began her career as Milwaukee County’s chief of recreation and business development in 1992.

The university’s Chief Operating Officer Joel Pogodzinski announced the hire last week in a press release. Panella has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and human resources management from the university.

“I am honored and excited to return to my alma mater to lead its information technology services,” Panella said in a prepared statement. “I am passionate about technology and the impact it has on the future. Being part of the Marquette family will allow me to leverage that passion and use it to build a ‘smart’ university for students, faculty and staff, and support university leaders in implementing the strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries.”

Panella said in an email to Government Technology that the county has begun a national search for her successor and the job posting will close Aug. 9. She said the county hopes to fill the position as soon as possible. 

She said Lynn Fyhrlund will serve as interim CIO until the county fills the position permanently. 

Pogodzinski said in the release that Panella’s track record of transformation and providing value in complex environments made her the ideal candidate for the CIO position.

“She has a history of innovation and building deep relationships, and she has a demonstrated commitment to Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission,” he said. “We are pleased to welcome Laurie back to campus.”

Her last day with Milwaukee County is Aug. 16. She starts her new role with Marquette University Aug. 19, according to the release.

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