Welcoming our new Vice Chancellor for Information Technology

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Chancellor Cynthia Larive

I am happy to announce that Aisha Jackson, our Vice Chancellor for Information Technology, has officially joined us. 

She will be a great addition to our campus community. Aisha is a thoughtful, collaborative leader who believes in empowering staff, and she arrives with a wealth of experience in higher education technology. Most recently she served as the University of Colorado Boulder’s first-ever Assistant Vice Provost and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology and Student Success. That position was created to ensure the continual advancement of campus technology to serve both faculty and students. It was a unique role in that it bridged the academic and administrative sides of that university, with oversight of academic technology and student-success analytics, for example, as well as some administrative platforms.

That experience will be especially helpful as Aisha leads our efforts to further align our Information Technology division with our campus goals of advancing student success; elevating our research profile and increasing the impact of our research; fostering an inclusive campus climate; and improving the efficiency, effectiveness, resilience, and sustainability of our operations. We have made great strides in this alignment work in recent years. I am confident that Aisha and our colleagues in the Division of Information Technology will continue to advance this important work for our campus.

Aisha’s professional and educational background make her a strong fit for our campus. Aisha spent the past dozen years at CU Boulder, working in various director and manager positions in CU Boulder’s Office of Information Technology before transitioning to the Assistant Vice Provost and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Technology and Student Success role. She began her career in information technology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. She earned a doctorate in education from the University of Colorado, Denver; a master’s in education from the University of Florida, Gainesville; and a bachelor of arts in elementary education from Flagler College in Florida. 

My sincere gratitude to interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Byron Walker, who has served as interim chief since last August. In that time, Byron has worked closely with leadership, faculty, staff and students across campus to continue our efforts to leverage technology in ways that support teaching and learning, research and discovery, and outreach. He is now serving as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology. 

The strength of our leadership team and the resilience of our campus community as a whole  have helped us through the challenges of the past few years. Together we have created a strong foundation on which we will create an even brighter future. Aisha’s arrival makes us even stronger. Please join me in offering her a warm welcome!