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Campus’s chief information officer, Jack McCredie, plans to retire

02 February 2005


Jack McCredie. (Peg Skorpinski photo)
John W. (“Jack”) McCredie, associate vice chancellor for information technology and the campus’s chief information officer, has announced that he will retire this summer after almost 13 years at Berkeley.

McCredie, who came to the campus in 1992, has been responsible for leading central computing and communications activities, including coordinating information-technology planning and policy-making and guiding the campuswide deployment of information technologies in the service of teaching, research, and administration.

“Few things change as fast as information technology,” said Chancellor Robert Birgeneau. “Jack McCredie has guided UC Berkeley through the last decade of IT evolution with a sure hand, making sure this campus had the best tools possible for teaching, research, and the administrative enterprise that supports them. Jack’s made a tremendous contribution, and we wish him well in retirement.”

The campus will soon launch a national search for McCredie’s replacement. He has agreed to continue to oversee all of his current responsibilities until the search is complete and a new person is on board.

“Jack has been especially effective in helping the campus envision the future of computing and communications technologies, and in developing strategies to bring the vision to fruition in support of the university’s mission,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Gray. “For this we owe Jack our immense gratitude.”

McCredie is a leader in the national work of EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit aimed at advancing higher education through the sound use of information technology. He has also been active in the Common Solutions Group — a consortium of universities addressing IT issues critical to their institutions — and has been a member of the board of Internet2, a university-industry-government partnership to accelerate the development of tomorrow’s Internet.

“Our information technology infrastructure at UC Berkeley is better than it has ever been, and most important, it is moving in the right direction,” said McCredie in a letter to his staff. “I truly love this university and hope to stay connected to Cal through the Center for Studies in Higher Education and to higher education through the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research and other special projects.”