Vice President of IT Rod Tosten to Retire at End of the Year

By Vince DiFonzo, Editor-in-Chief

Rod Tosten ’85 will retire at the end of 2024 (Photo courtesy Gettysburg College)

Rod Tosten, vice president of information technology and longtime member of Gettysburg College’s faculty, will retire at the end of the fall 2024 semester. 

The retirement was announced to the campus community in an email by President Bob Iuliano.

I’m writing today with the bittersweet news that Rod has decided to retire at the end of the fall 2024 semester,” wrote Iuliano. “Rod’s work on campus has been nothing short of remarkable.”

Tosten, a member of the class of 1985, graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in mathematics. He earned his master’s degree at West Virginia University and a PhD from George Mason University, before returning to Gettysburg as a professor in mathematics and computer science in 1990.

In 1999, Tosten helped found the computer science department, which was previously combined into the mathematics department, and served as its first faculty chairperson. 

In his various roles at Gettysburg, Tosten has assisted in implementing a number of newer offerings at the college, including online summer courses, January Term programs and the online master’s in American history program. He also worked on the recent WiFi upgrades

Iuliano praised Tosten’s work over his 35 years at Gettysburg, “His can-do attitude, his belief in this institution, his willingness to evolve and adapt and his ability to innovate by finding connection points across disparate fields of study are qualities I hope each of us can continue as part of his enduring legacy.”

Author: Vincent DiFonzo

Vincent DiFonzo ’25 serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Gettysburgian for the 2024-2025 academic year. Vince is an IGS international affairs and history major with a political science minor. He served as Content Manager in Spring 2023 and as Opinions Editor and Lead Copy Editor for the Fall 2023 semester, before studying abroad in Berlin in Spring 2024. On-campus, he is the House Leader for Public Policy House, an editor for the Gettysburg Social Science Review (GSSR), a participant in Eisenhower Institute programs and previously served as Managing Editor of Ike’s Anvil. Outside the Gettysburgian, Vince enjoys discovering new music, geography and traveling.

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