Vice Chancellor for Information Technology

University of California, Santa Cruz

Search for the Vice Chancellor for Information Technology

Santa Cruz, California

The University of California, Santa Cruz, a thriving public research university and one of the premiere campuses of the University of California System, invites applications and nominations for the position of Vice Chancellor for Information Technology (VCIT). Reporting to the Chancellor and Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor (CP/EVC), the VCIT will serve as the Chief Information Officer on campus, overseeing all aspects of information technology strategy, integration and support. The new VCIT will join a dynamic leadership team and talented staff working to achieve new heights in educational and research excellence, helping to enhance campus wide systems and services, while instilling a greater sense of institutional community and connectedness.

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) is a public university like no other in California, combining the intimacy of a small liberal arts college with the depth and rigor of a major research university. Under the leadership of Chancellor George R. Blumenthal, UCSC has earned national and international distinction as a university with high-impact research and an uncommon commitment to teaching and public service. The campus and community celebrated UCSC’s 50th anniversary last year, a celebration that marked the impact UCSC has had on the world’s understanding in a wide range of disciplines, including astrophysics, ocean sciences, human rights, literary and performing arts, genomics and cancer research. In 2012, the campus achieved Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) status after undergraduate student enrollment surpassed 25% of the total population, and in 2015 received $3.6 million in grants aimed at maximizing achievement through preparedness and advising, and motivating and retaining high-need students to complete a degree at a research university. In its 2015-16 report, the Times Higher Education review ranked UCSC second in the world for research impact. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCSC among the top 50 universities in the world and 30th overall among national public universities. Nestled in the redwoods overlooking the California coast, UCSC is home to some of California’s most innovative and sustainability-focused students including approximately 16,000 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students.

The Information Technology Services (ITS) division at UCSC is looking for an innovative and technology savvy leader who, in collaboration with faculty, staff, senior leadership and students, will help to enhance the ITS division of the future. The VCIT will work to advance UCSC’s reputation as a top-ranked research university and leading institution in the education of students, and will do so by addressing a set of key opportunities and challenges, including:

  • Provide visionary leadership for the ITS division
  • Work to further communicate the value of, and unify the ITS division for maximum impact
  • Build investment in the ITS division and grow IT resources and funding
  • Serve as an ITS advocate and systemwide leader in a rapidly shifting era of technological change

To learn more about UCSC, the ITS Division, and this position, please visit,

The University of California, Santa Cruz has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Electronic submission of materials is required.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-3676.