Michael J. Busges

Michael Busges joined Penn State in March 2013 as the senior director for the Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO). Since that time, Michael has overseen the implementation of two enterprise systems, LionPATH (student information system) and WorkLion (HR and payroll system). EPMO is currently working toward a July 2020 implementation of SIMBA—the System for Integrated Management, Budgeting, and Accounting—which is the new financial system that will replace the University’s current tool, the Integrated Business and Information System (IBIS). In addition, Michael directs the two EPMO units that support the ongoing functional and technical needs LionPATH and WorkLion.

Michael has extensive experience with student system implementations, both as a project director and as a consultant. Most recently, Michael managed a two-year student system implementation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHSC-H). UTHSC-H consists of six health sciences schools—among them a medical school, a school of public health, and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Prior to UTHSC-H, Michael was project director at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), where he oversaw the institution’s implementation of PeopleSoft’s Campus Solutions system. Michael also managed the project’s budget and led UMBC’s change management activities, serving as liaison to the faculty, the chief information officer, senior executives, and the president.

Michael has worked as an assistant professor at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he 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. In the early 1990s, he also developed strategies to incorporate the Internet and other audio-visual media into the acquisition of a foreign language.

Michael is a native of Germany and graduated from Heinrich Heine-University of Dusseldorf with a degree in German literature, philosophy, and education. In 1985, he arrived in the United States, where he earned both a master of arts and master of philosophy degree in German literature from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.