West Virginia University has named Dan Dunphy as program director for the WVU Modernization Program, which seeks to enhance the overall technology user experience at the University and ensure we are positioned to become the land-grant university of the future by overhauling our finance, human resources and student information systems.
In this role, Dunphy will report to Rob Alsop, vice president of Strategic Initiatives. Dunphy will be responsible for leading and guiding the work of the technical staff and functional teams, planning out project phases, serving as a liaison between business and technical aspects of projects, planning project stages and assessing the business implications for each stage of the WVU Modernization Program.
He also will be responsible for monitoring the program’s overall progress to ensure deadlines, standards, budgets and targets are met.
“I’m truly excited to join the West Virginia University family and to help lead this transformational program,” Dunphy said. “WVU has been a driving force behind positive change throughout the state of West Virginia, across the U.S. and beyond for more than 150 years. I’m confident the WVU Modernization Program will further the University’s land-grant mission by transforming the overall user experience at WVU, and it will position us for future success.”
Dunphy is a seasoned professional with in-depth knowledge of program management, business process re-engineering and enterprise-wide system implementations. He comes to the University with more than 23 years of experience working in higher education.
Dunphy joins WVU from Brandeis University, an R1 institution in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he served as project director for a Workday student system implementation.
Prior to his time at Brandeis, Dunphy held similar positions leading implementation efforts at the University of Washingtonand Montclair State University. He began his career at New York University, where worked for more than 15 years and held several different positions, including a leadership role on their global Workday HCM system implementation.
Dunphy holds a bachelor's degree in English from Siena College in Loudonville, New York.
Dunphy’s team will include several key leaders spanning multiple functions across WVU, who will apply their knowledge and familiarity with their area’s stakeholders, systems and practices to ensure the program’s success.
Kristin Floyd will serve as the project management program manager. She will be responsible for all project management activities across the WVU Modernization program’s foundational projects as well as the program’s implementation phase.
Floyd has been with WVU for more than 17 years. Most recently, she served as an IT program manager within Information Technology Services.
Lisa Sharpe will serve as the finance program manager. In this role, Sharpe will maintain oversight for deliverables during the pre-implementation and implementation phases of the program, including the budget model and budget planning, chart of accounts, procurement and accounting initiatives, among other efforts related to WVU’s Finance function.
Sharpe has more than 18 years of experience at the University working in a variety of areas, including finance, accounting and supporting research activities. Most recently, she served as the executive director of WVU Shared Services.
Neeley Clelland will serve as the program manager for Talent and Culture. In this role, she will oversee the job classification, benefits, recruiting, talent, performance and other human resources initiatives throughout the pre-implementation and implementation phases of the program.
Katie Stores and Rosemary Casteel will support program management for research. They will be responsible for managing the development of the electronic research administration operating model, research systems migration and other research-related activities for the WVU Modernization Program.
Stores is the assistant vice president for strategy and research. She has been with WVU for more than 16 years and previously served in a variety of leadership roles, including assistant vice president for research administration, director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, and the associate dean for research for the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Before rejoining WVU in 2021, Stores served as the senior director of operations and training at Emory University. She also previously served at the National Institutes of Health as a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services emerging leader and was a fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Casteel currently serves as the director of research systems and operational data service within the Research Office. She joined the Research Office in 2019 and previously worked as an IT and IT audit information security professional at WVU, the University of Nevada, the University of Arizona and Nasdaq.
Jonathan “Todd” Witter will serve as technical program manager for the WVU Modernization Program. Witter and his team will be responsible for developing and implementing standards, security, data architecture, reporting, integrations and other technology efforts related to the program.
Witter has been with WVU for more than nine years. He previously served as director of development within ITS.
A program manager for student information will be named at a later date as the WVU Modernization Program progresses. This individual will be responsible for student engagement, student information system implementation, financial aid, advising and other student-focused activities within the program.