Jenn Stringer named Associate Vice Chancellor, IT and Chief Information Officer

June 23, 2020

Dear campus community,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jenn Stringer as UC Berkeley’s Associate Vice Chancellor for IT and Chief Information Officer, effective June 29, 2020. Jenn’s candidacy was the unanimous selection and recommendation of a CIO Search committee leading an internal search to replace current CIO Larry Conrad, who is retiring at the end of the month. 

Jenn’s career in higher education technology includes a succession of leadership roles at Stanford University,  New York University, and UC Berkeley. Arriving at Berkeley in 2013 as the Associate CIO and Director of Educational Technology Services, her leadership and collaborative style, as well as her passion for the work, earned her the respect of both faculty and executive leadership on campus. During her time at Berkeley, Jenn led the transition to the Canvas Learning Management System (bCourses), and successfully advocated for the creation of the Academic Innovation Studio (AIS) which now provides mission-aligned programs and support for faculty.

Jenn was a key leader of the design team for the Reimagining IT Strategic Plan, and is leading a number of Reimagining IT projects. She has also done significant work to restructure and align the Research, Teaching, and Learning portfolio as more groups, including Research IT (RIT), Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), and Digital Learning Services (DLS), have been brought together over the last 18 months.

In her current role as Deputy CIO and Assistant Vice Chancellor for IT, Jenn serves as the operational leader of Information Services and Technology (IST), and has been widely recognized for her leadership of the emergency response to the PG&E power shutdowns of Fall 2019 and the COVID-19 transition to remote operations and instruction this spring. Jenn’s leadership and strategic insights in these crises helped focus the campus conversation around instructional resilience.

Jenn has been an instrumental leader for a number of UC committees and initiatives, including the nationally recognized UC work on learning data privacy. She is active professionally in EDUCAUSE and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and is currently the Viewpoint Editor for EDUCAUSE Review

Kind thanks to the CIO Search Committee, campus stakeholders, the IT Leadership Group, and the One IT Community, all of whom provided their valuable time, ideas, and feedback identifying the experience, skills, and character needed for success for Berkeley’s new CIO. 

Jenn will report to both of us in her new role.

Please join us in extending congratulations to Jenn on her new appointment and best wishes as she leads Berkeley’s information technology enterprise.

Sincerely,

Paul Alivisatos
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Marc Fisher
Vice Chancellor, Administration

 

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