keiko Keiko Pitter

Chief Information Officer Emerita
Whitman College
  cell: 503-559-7604

"If you were a math major in the 1960s," Keiko Pitter remembers, "you were expected to go into computers." So after graduating from UCLA, she went to work for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a cognizant programmer with the navigation team on the Mariner, Pioneer, and Viking space projects. She then worked on computerizing Tektronix's Profit Plan before taking time off to meet the demands of motherhood.

In 1982, Pitter began her second career, this time in higher education. She taught CIS at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, Nevada, eventually taking command of Truckee's information services. At the same time, she earned her M.Ed. in Computer Education from the University of Nevada, Reno and wrote the first of her more than 40 books on computer applications and the Internet. Her books have now been translated into German, Hebrew, Hungarian and Turkish.

From 1991-1997, Pitter worked in Willamette University's integrated technology services department, eventually as executive director.

In 1997, she came to Whitman as chief technology officer. Her title was eventually changed to chief information officer.

Pitter retired from Whitman College in June 2011. She was bestowed the title of Chief Information Officer Emerita in May 2012 by Whitman College Board of Trustees.