Mary Doyle appointed new vice chancellor for information technology

To: UCSC Campus Community

From: Chancellor George Blumenthal and Campus Provost and EVC David S. Kliger

We are very pleased to announce that the Board of Regents for the University of California has confirmed the appointment of Mary M. Doyle as the new Vice Chancellor for Information Technology (VCIT) at UC Santa Cruz. She replaces Vice Provost Larry Merkley, who is retiring after serving in the position since February 2003. We extend our thanks to the VCIT Search Committee who served the campus admirably.

We would like to express sincere gratitude for the dedicated and very successful work accomplished by Larry Merkley during his tenure. Vice Provost Merkley has guided the IT division through many challenges, including the extremely complex IT transformation project, and has done so with equanimity and professionalism, hallmarks of his administration. Vice Provost Merkley's last day at UCSC will be February 7.

We are delighted that Dr. Doyle will be joining the administration as our campus's new Vice Chancellor for IT. She has a remarkably wide range of experience and success with information technology, and will bring a tremendous breadth of knowledge and expertise to the campus. In addition, Mary Doyle is a second generation Santa Cruz native who is very excited to be "coming home."

Dr. Doyle is currently the Vice Provost for Planning, Budget, and Resource Management at Washington State University (WSU). Dr. Doyle has been at WSU since 1997, where she was first appointed as Director of Information Technology. She was then promoted to the positions of Vice President for Information Services and WSU's Chief Technology Officer, also holding the title of Vice Provost for Administration. At WSU, Dr. Doyle managed computer security, telecommunications, all levels of computing services and support, along with a statewide interactive video network for higher education, two PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) television stations, and 13 NPR (National Public Radio) radio stations. She was also the technology representative to WSU's Board of Regents, and created the IT Diversity Advisory Group.

Prior to her work at WSU, Dr. Doyle was at UC Santa Barbara from 1987 to 1997, leaving a post there as the Assistant Provost to the College of Letters and Sciences for WSU. She has also had experience at Arizona State University, the Chase Bank of Arizona, and other private companies and educational institutions. Dr. Doyle earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizations from UC Santa Barbara in 1998.

Among the many professional organizations and other groups she belongs to, Dr. Doyle is a member of the higher-education nonprofit organization EDUCAUSE, the Association for College and University Telecommunications Professionals, the Society for College and University Planning, and the Microsoft Higher Educational Advisory Group. She has also been a volunteer at the Pullman (Washington) Food Bank, served on both the UCSB Art Museum Council and the WSU Museum of Art Advisory Council, and participated for many years in Surfrider Foundation Beach Cleanup Days.

As VCIT at UCSC, Dr. Doyle will oversee Information Technology Services, which has an annual budget of $27.5 million and over 270 full-time employees. In this position, she will be responsible for planning and delivering educational technology to the campus-wide computing and communications system. Additionally, Dr. Doyle will create and administer IT policies, identify and recommend new technologies for adoption by UCSC, and be responsible for administering the budget necessary to achieve campus IT goals. The VCIT reports jointly to the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor.

We are eager to begin working with Dr. Doyle and are confident that her skills and talents will be a successful match for the campus. Dr. Doyle begins her position here on February 4. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Doyle to our community.