Our Officers!


Nick Benedict

Nick Benedict is a senior in the Information Technology Baccalaureate degree program. His duties as the president of the IT Lead include: marketing the events, making decisions on the nature and content of projects and competitions that are held. In addition he is in charge of the social media relations of the IT Lead and the IT department. He works as a work-study student that assists with retention efforts and assists the professors in the Information Technology programs.

Vice President

   Jonathan Stephens

Jonathan Stephens is a sophomore in VU Computer Programming Technology degree. His duties include,
documenting meetings, and preparing multimedia presentations. He has worked serval Internships with
the University as a Front-End Web Developer, Marketing and Analyst Assistant, as well as a general IT
and troubleshooting assistant.


    Bryce Mattox

Bryce Mattox is a sophomore in the VU Computer Programming Technology degree. His duties include, filling out budget requests, and making sure we have the budget to run the Hack and other events we have throughout the year. He is also the President of the VU Campus Gaming Club which hosts the LAN party each semester.


    Ryan Jett

Ryan Jett is a sophomore in the VU Computer Programming Technology degree. His duties for the club include, documenting the meetings, and the Hack itself so we have a record for what we have done.

Director of Marketing/Special Events

    Jake Rumsey

Jake Rumsey is in his final year of the four year information technology baccalaureate degree program. His duties for the IT Lead include: Arranging event dates, working closely with all other members to create events that are fun and engaging, and making key decisions for time, and requirements in each project and competition. He is also typically in charge of choosing what resources are allocated, to provide the best experience to new club members.


“The IT Lead” founded in 2013 under the direction of Jaci Lederman, Assistant Professor of Information Technology at Vincennes University, is committed to providing the students of Vincennes University with an organization that allows collaboration and social gatherings in which Information Technology topics are a focus. The goals of the group include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide students access to computers and software to
    explore different types of technology.
  • Developing relationships with local companies to gain insight of how Information Technology plays a role in various industries and supply chains.
  • Networking among group members to foster mentoring of
    Associate degree program students with students from the Baccalaureate degree program.
  • Provide Community Service opportunities by developing Software or providing other technical services to members of the local community.

Using Technology to positively impact and engage with our community is a main initiative of The IT LEAD. Each year, The IT LEAD hosts VU HACK events that demonstrate this initiative. VU HACK events are competitions that allow Information Technology students to work in teams against the clock to develop a solution for a client. The clients are most often local businesses or organizations needing help with a technology project such as a website, promotional campaigns using social media, or database applications.

Email Professor Jaci Lederman at jlederman@vinu.edu for more information on how The IT LEAD can connect with you and your organization.

In April of 2017 members of the IT Lead went to Ball State University to compete in an Information Systems case study competition. The students worked in the Spring 2017 semester to complete a project for Helping His Hands that will hopefully be rolled out for them to use later this year. They then went to Ball State University to present this project to a panel of judges which in the end they took home second place!

For more information about the case study competition visit Ball States Website here!