April Staff Highlight-Lisa Koch

This month, we are pleased to bring you an interview with Lisa Koch, Associate CIO for the Institute.  Lisa was happy to allow us to introduce her on our blog.


Tell us a little about your RIT career.

I joined RIT in December of 2018 in my current role as Associate CIO.  I had been affiliated with RIT as an adjunct for the College of Business, so RIT is not new for me.  I spent 7 years at the University of Rochester and have corporate experience as well.  

I find Higher Ed to be very collaborative which aides in benchmarking and knowledge sharing. 

What do you enjoy the most about your role here?

I really love the passion that people bring to their work.  The upcoming Enterprise Service Center project is going to be really transformational and will enable us to cohesively move forward.  It’s been energizing to engage with an exciting effort and fantastic staff.

Tell folks a little about “who” you are outside of your RIT experience.

Family is a priority.  We have 3 sons with their respective families and the joy of 3 Grandchildren.  Every few years we take family vacations.  This year we are celebrating with extended family at the Outer Banks and in Italy so lots to look forward to!

We also care for my Father and Aunt who are in their 90’s.  We find joy in spending time with them and ensuring that their days are full.  My husband and I volunteer for the American Legion and other events. 

What project are you most excited about lately?

The Enterprise Service Center project is very exciting.    We are currently processing the RFPs for potential tools that we will need.  Is AI built in?  If not, we will need additional tools. 

What is your favorite RIT event and why?

I have heard a lot about the various events.  The Hockey game in Polisseni Center was exciting – to see the passion of the students and the fans!  I am looking forward to the Tiger Awards Dinner ITS holds.  Anything with the students is always exciting; Move-In-Day, Tiger Walk, etc.  I have attended Imagine RIT but this will be my first time as a member!

I also enjoyed the experiences with students as an adjunct and those were all good times.  It is a great experience coaching and mentoring.  It was great to see the paths that the students took and to see the growth of their career.

What is one thing about you that the RIT community might not know?

I survived a Tsunami while traveling in Hawaii!

Also, I am very open so if you see me around campus – don’t hesitate to say hello or introduce yourself. 

To date, what are you most proud of?

Family – as they all settle and grow, their accomplishments, and how close we are able to remain.