Santa Cruz Tech Beat


New IT leader drawn to campus to improve world

By Lisa Bono
Information Technology Services, UC Santa Cruz

August 23, 2018 — Santa Cruz, CA

(Photo above: Van Williams is the  new Vice Chancellor of Information Technology at UC Santa Cruz.)

Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Van Williams said he was drawn to UC Santa Cruz because it is uniquely positioned to make a major impact on the world.

“Our unique position is framed by the strength of our research faculty, our innovation in interdisciplinary research and scholarship, our proximity to Silicon Valley, ‘the power of ten’ that comes from being part of the UC system, and most importantly our commitment to social impact and diversity/inclusiveness,” Williams said. “I want to help leave the world a better place than I’ve found it. I can think of no other institution in the world that so deeply shares this goal as UC Santa Cruz.”

Williams started in his new role on July 2, replacing retired VC Mary Doyle and interim VC Brad Smith.

Williams has spent much of his professional life on the East Coast, working in a multitude of roles including chief technology officer and senior director of enterprise operations and solutions at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stern, and a bachelor’s degree in classical civilization from NYU.

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