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Chief Information Officer position elevated to recognize strategic importance of technology

Oct 30, 2014

In recognition of the critical nature of technology to Pacific's strategic future, President Pamela A. Eibeck has upgraded the University's Chief Information Officer position to a vice president role. The position will now report directly to the President. The changes are effective January 1, 2015.

"The Board of Regents and I recognize the critical importance of technology in achieving our educational mission," said Eibeck. "Our CIO must have the status, convening power and authority of a vice president in order to set a vision and implement the necessary changes for us to be a leader in the use of technology in higher education."

The Chief Information Officer position was formerly equivalent to an associate vice president and reported to the Provost. As a vice president, the CIO will continue to be a member of the cabinet but will also be included in the smaller executive team of President, Provost and vice presidents.

"Provost Pallavicini has fundamentally changed the way we think about and use technology at Pacific," said Eibeck. "She has led our University community in deep discussions about what we need to become a leader in academic technology, and she has made tough decisions and implemented changes that have put us on a path to long-term success. I cannot thank her enough for all her wisdom, tenacity and vision in leading this transformation."

Provost Pallavicini will lead a national search for a visionary CIO. Interim CIO John Jones will continue to lead the Technology Organization until a CIO is hired. Jones is advising on the job description and the search, which will get underway immediately.

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