Enterprise Project Director
Michael J. Büsges joined Penn State in March 2013 as the director for the Enterprise Project Management Office. This includes the student information system replacement project (Project LionPATH), and the HCM-Payroll project.
Between now and 2016, Penn State will replace its current home-grown student system (ISIS) with a third-party vendor product that will be better suited to meet the needs of Penn State’s students, faculty, and staff.
During implementation, Michael will lead a team of Penn State staff and external consultants, as well as engaging the campus community in the process of learning about–and adapting to–the many features of the new system.
Michael is a native of Germany and graduated from Heinrich Heine-University of Düsseldorf with a degree in German literature, philosophy, and education. In 1985, he arrived in the United States, and while living in New York City, earned both a master of arts degree and a master of philosophy degree in German literature from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
After a year as a post-graduate fellow at Rutgers’ Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Michael accepted a position as assistant professor at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. Michael taught German Literature and Language, Film and Literary Theory, co-authored a German textbook, wrote scholarly articles, presented papers, led workshops on computer-aided instruction, and translated books from English into German. He also developed strategies to incorporate the developing Internet and other audio-visual media into the acquisition of a foreign language.
At CUA, Michael became increasingly involved with administrative tasks, served as faculty adviser to open majors and faculty secretary to the dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. When the institution decided to replace its student system with an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution, Michael was asked to represent faculty concerns on the implementation team, as well as lead the academic advisement module and training efforts.
When the project concluded, Michael left his faculty position and became a member of CUA’s newly created Business Process Re-Engineering group. During that time, Michael was a member of the PeopleSoft Academic Advising Advisory Group and chaired the advising track at the annual users conference.
Michael then joined Cedar Consulting as a student records and academic advising senior consultant and participated in student information system implementations at several University System of Maryland institutions, Sonoma State University, Central Washington University, Florida A&M University, and the University of Central Florida.
For seven years, Michael was project director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he reported to the provost and oversaw the institution’s implementation of PeopleSoft’s Campus Solutions system, including portal, reporting, and document imaging solutions. Michael also oversaw the project’s budget and led UMBC’s change management activities, serving as liaison to the faculty, the CIO (Chief Information Officer), senior executives, and the president.
Michael’s most recent professional engagement was managing a two-year student system implementation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H) for CedarCrestone Consulting. UTHSC-H consists of six health sciences schools, among them a medical school, a school of public health, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
During his high school and college years in Germany, Michael was a water polo player on Germany’s Olympic Youth team and on one of the top club teams. Today, he plays golf (rather badly) and is a certified Scuba diver. He is married to Phoebe, who is an adjunct lecturer in the Penn State Department of French and Francophone Studies. Michael has a stepson, Christopher, who lives in Denver, Colorado.