Search launches for UC Santa Cruz’s AVC for research computing

To: UC Santa Cruz Campus Community

From: Aisha Jackson, Vice Chancellor for Information Technology

UC Santa Cruz is launching a national search for the newly created position of associate vice chancellor (AVC) for research computing. This pivotal leadership role will drive the strategic vision and oversight of the university’s research computing initiatives. The  AVC will play a crucial role in advancing UC Santa Cruz’s research capabilities by leveraging cutting-edge computing technologies, data analytics, and information management systems. 

Melanie Douglas, deputy chief information officer and associate vice chancellor, Technology & Services will chair the search committee. The university has retained the executive search firm Opus Partners to assist in this recruitment and aims to complete the search by January 1, 2025.

The AVC for research computing reports to the vice chancellor for information technology and takes direction from the vice chancellor for research. The role involves close collaboration with campus partners including organizational peers, faculty, researchers, and leadership in various UC Santa Cruz institutes and organizations to facilitate advances in research. 

The incumbent will also participate in IT governance structures such as the Research Computing and Data Infrastructure Committee, IT Systems and Data Governance Committee, Academic Senate’s Committee on Information Technology and Research, and the University of California system-wide IT committees. 

A description of the position and additional information is available on the Opus Partners website. The first review date for applications is September 10, 2024. 

If you have specific questions not addressed on the site, please email Lauren Morgan, Senior Leader Human Resources Manager, at