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UCSC selects Aisha Jackson as vice chancellor for information technology

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UC Santa Cruz has chosen Aisha Jackson as its next vice chancellor for information technology.

Jackson has over 15 years of professional experience in higher education information technology. She arrives on the campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she serves as that university’s first associate vice provost and associate vice chancellor for Academic Technology and Student Success. Previously, she held various management and director positions in CU Boulder’s Information Technology office.

Jackson’s appointment to UCSC, which begins Aug. 1 pending approval from the University of California president’s office, caps a nationwide campus-wide recruitment and stakeholder engagement process that started in October. Dean of University Extension PK Agarwal and Vice Chancellor for University Relations Mark Delos Reyes Davis co-chaired the Research Advisory Committee.

“Aisha Jackson is a collaborative and thoughtful leader, and a strong addition to our leadership team,” said Chancellor Cynthia Larive. “I am grateful for the efforts of the Research Advisory Committee and grateful to all members of our campus community who shared their insights during the recruitment and stakeholder engagement process. We relied heavily on community feedback throughout this process.”

Jackson brings a wealth of experience to campus. She got her professional start in Information Technology at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago. She has spent the past twelve years at CU Boulder. His current position was created to ensure the continued advancement of campus technology to serve faculty and students. It is a unique role in that it bridges the interrelated fields of academics and administration. The position includes operational oversight of numerous product and service units. These include academic technology, student portal, student success analytics, web and customer relationship management, and an automated administrative platform used in online degrees by CU Boulder.

Jackson said she doesn’t have a preconceived vision of where UCSC’s information technology should go, but sees the division as a key player in helping the university meet its improvement goals. student success; broader research impact; a more inclusive campus climate; and improved operational efficiency, effectiveness, resilience and sustainability.

“We need to be aligned with the campus vision,” Jackson said. “IT should be seen as a strategic partner on campus, and we will work hard to be just that.”

She described herself as a collaborative leader who empowers staff: “I believe in humble inquiry and inclusive leadership. I am not an expert in everything. I ask a lot of questions. It is important to me that we listen to the people closest to work. We need to make sure their voices are heard.

Jackson said she was drawn to UCSC for a number of reasons — its status as a 1 research university, its smaller size compared to the CU Boulder campus of 35,000 students, for the shared governance model of UCSC and because the campus is designated as Hispanic. A service-oriented institution that pays particular attention to the needs of first-generation students.

“As an Afro-Latina — I was born in Panama — I really connect to the value of supporting Latinx students and students from underrepresented groups,” she added. “It’s important for me to work in a place that also shares these values.”

Jackson holds a doctorate in education from the University of Colorado at Denver; a master’s degree in education from the University of Florida, Gainesville; and a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida.

Until Jackson begins his appointment, Acting Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Byron Walker will continue to serve as the division’s acting chief, a role he has held since August 2021, when former vice chancellor for information technology Van Williams was named chief information officer and vice president. president of information technology services for the University of California system.