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Information Stewardship Council


The mission of the Bryn Mawr College Information Stewardship Council (ISC) is to improve our information stewardship practices and reduce our security risk profile through multi-pronged educational, practical, and technological means that the Council endorses and supports for the campus community.

A key concept in information stewardship and security, in higher education particularly because of the openness and freedom in how we work coupled with the fact that we are interdependent through our shared networks and systems, is that we have an exponentially greater chance of avoiding data breaches and maintaining smooth operations if all of us in the community are aware and participating actively in securing our credentials, the data we use, and the systems on which we do our work.

The ISC brings representatives from across all areas of campus together to decide which investments and approaches are worth pursuing, and to guide and facilitate progress in these critical areas of information security and stewardship for the good of the overall community and for the continuity of our academic and other institutional work on campus and in dialogue with colleagues and collaborators globally.

Through the ISC, we IDENTIFY institutional risks, assess our current status in terms of risk mitigation strategies, recommend measures to improve our information stewardship and security profile, and oversee implementation of approved measures. As a first-year goal, we take a holistic approach to self-audit: where are we handling data and managing security risks effectively? where do we see significant areas of risk that would be worth addressing? how do we currently ensure compliance with data privacy regulations on campus and how should we audit our progress toward improved information stewardship and reduced security risk?

We focus on improvement along the full spectrum of information stewardship and security activities: PREVENTION, DETECTION, RESPONSE, and RECOVERY, with emphasis on shifting from response to, and recovery from, data and security breaches and system disruptions to a greater emphasis on prevention and detection. As a first-year goal, we support the rollout of a robust Information Stewardship and Security Awareness education program for staff, faculty, and students.

The overall goal is to create the appropriate balance for Bryn Mawr in terms of maintaining our open academic community ethos while closing our larger security holes in order to minimize financial and reputational risk for the institution and maximize ongoing academic and business continuity for community members.


  1. The CIO & Director of Libraries chairs the ISC and has ultimate responsibility for forming the agenda and enabling progress for Bryn Mawr in areas of information security and stewardship.
  2. The CIO & Director of Libraries will take nominations from the body of the Council each year and identify a co-chair to help build the agenda and facilitate progress. The co-chair role is a one-year rotating position.
  3. Information Stewardship Council will be comprised of representatives from key administrative and academic areas to ensure broad awareness of, and compliance with, the information stewardship policies and practices  that we implement for Bryn Mawr at each stage. Representatives will include College Counsel and Cabinet members (ex officio) and appropriate staff, faculty, and student representatives, including members of the Data Standards Group (Development, Enrollment, Finance, HR, Institutional Research, IS, Registrar, et al.), and the College Archivist in her records management function. Staff representatives from each division will be identified by the appropriate cabinet member. Faculty representatives will be nominated by the Committee on Libraries, Information, and Computing (CLIC). The undergraduate student representative will be nominated by the Self-Government Association President. The GSAS and GSSWSR graduate student representatives will be nominated by their respective Deans.
  4. The Council will meet approximately twice per semester and will collaborate remotely between meetings to plan agendas and make progress on shared initiatives. Working groups will form as needed to focus on particular topics or projects.
  5. The President of the College and the President's Cabinet will review changes to College policies or practices recommended by the ISC.

ISC Membership (2017-18):

Alumnae/i Relations and Development:                                               
Sarah Conner-Smith, Director of Prospect Development                      Ann Diaz-Barriga, Director of Development and Alumnae/i Services                                                                                                    Bob Miller, Chief Alumnae Relations and Development Officer (ex officio)

College Counsel:
Sam Magdovitz, College Counsel (ex officio)

Jesse Gale, Chief Communications Officer (ex officio)
Maureen McGonigle, Director of Constituency Communications

Computer Science:
Ian Johnson, Systems Administrator/Lab Coordinator

Dean’s Office:
Sally Heimann, Clinical Administrator
Kay Kerr, Medical Director, Health Center
Jennifer Walters, Dean of the Undergraduate College (ex officio)

Ethel Desmarais, Director of Student Financial Services
Cheryl Lynn Horsey, Chief Enrollment Officer (ex officio)
Kirsten O'Beirne, Registrar (past co-chair)
Dean of Undergraduate Admission

ISC Chair liaises regularly with Committee on Libraries, Information, and Computing (CLIC) and CLIC members participate ex officio

Finance and Administration:                                                                
John Castrege, Security Systems Administrator (Haverford College)          
Mary Cataldi, Associate Controller                                                            
Kari Fazio, Chief Financial Officer (ex officio)                                          
Mike Johnson, HRIS Manager                                                              
Tijana Stefanovic, Assistant Treasurer for Financial Planning and Budgets 
Betsy Stewart, Controller                                                                       
Maria Wiemken, Associate Treasurer (co-chair)

Library and Information Technology Services:
David Bertagni, Director of Infrastructure & Systems and Chief Technologist
David Consiglio, Director of Assessment, Learning Spaces, and Special Projects
Christiana Dobrzynski, College Archivist
Jason Driscoll, Executive Assistant to the CIO & Director of Libraries (staffing the ISC)
Nicole Joniec, Digital Collections Librarian
Andrew Mantuano, Outreach and Education Coordinator                           
Amy Pearlman, Director of Client Services and IT Procurement
Gina Siesing, Chief Information Officer and Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries (chair ex officio)                                                                       Jenny Spohrer, Manager of Educational Technology Services
David Sturgis, Director of Administrative Information Systems

President’s Office:
Ruth Lindeborg, Secretary of the College (ex officio)

Provost’s Office:
Richard Barry, Director of Institutional Research                                       
Bob Dostal, Acting Provost and Rufus M. Jones Professor and Chair of Philosophy (ex officio)
Katie Krimmel, Associate Dean, Leadership, Innovation and the Liberal Arts Center (LILAC)
Alice Lesnick, Faculty Convener for International Programs
Mary Osirim, Provost and Professor of Sociology (ex officio)
Erin Walsh, Assistant Provost for Administration


Kristian Moravec, SGA Liaison                                          

Andrew Tharler, Graduate Student Representative



Moodle organizational site for ISC

Last updated 9/15/17