UC Berkeley News


Waggener named associate vice chancellor for IT, campus CIO

| 08 December 2005

Shelton Waggener, currently director of IST-Central Computing Services, has been appointed associate vice chancellor for information technology and campus chief information officer, replacing John (Jack) McCredie, who is retiring this month.

Shelton Waggener

As AVC-IT, Waggener will head the Information Systems and Technology (IST) control unit, which provides general, campuswide computing and communications services and infrastructure. In his dual role as campus CIO, he will serve as a member of the chancellor's cabinet and will have a lead role in defining the campus's information-technology vision in service of teaching, research, and administration.

Since early 2004, Waggener has been a key participant on a campuswide committee developing the Campus Information Technology Strategic Plan 2004-05 (technology. berkeley.edu). He has been an active member of a number of other UC systemwide and Berkeley campus IT-planning and -governance committees, including the systemwide Data Center Management Group (chair), the Campus Information Security Committee, the Data Stewardship Council, the Information Technology Architecture Committee, the e-Berkeley Steering Committee, and the Administrative Systems Operations Committee.

Waggener is passionate about information technology's potential to serve public higher education. "Technology is playing an ever-increasing role in every aspect of society - education needs to be at the forefront," says Waggener. "For decades, Berkeley's thoughtful leadership has set the standard for institutions worldwide. In the coming years, technology will offer new ways to expand the reach of those explorations and discussions to learning communities not just within the Berkeley campus, but to groups throughout the state and beyond."

Waggener has served as director of IST-CCS since early 2003, and previously was CIO of Lucent's InterNetworking Systems Division. Under his leadership, CCS worked with other IST and campus units to oversee a number of important IT projects, including the emergency replacement of the campus e-mail environment with the CalMail service; the design and activation of the campus data center from Evans Hall to its new, state-of-the-art facility; partnerships in grid and academic computing with units throughout the campus; and a fundamental redesign of core computing environments to support a services-oriented approach, including new solutions for backup, storage, servers, co-location, and mainframe.

"Technology is everywhere at Berkeley, beyond the data center, beyond traditional central systems, into the classrooms and research labs, all the way to the ubiquitous hand-held devices students arrive with in increasing numbers," Waggener says. "We must find the right approaches to integrate the fast-moving world of technology with the Berkeley mission. Jack's many years of service on behalf of the campus technical community, including his tireless efforts toward approval of the campus data center, have resulted in a great foundation for the work ahead."

A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Waggener founded a computer-consulting practice while still enrolled, and he programmed his way through school before completing his double major in American Studies and Latin American Studies. He has held senior technology-leadership positions in companies such as Sybase, Octel, and Lucent.

Active in many industry groups that focus on solving business problems through technology, Waggener also serves on several industry and educational-technology advisory boards, is a member of the Bay Area Consortium of Information Systems Executives, and sits on the board of the nonprofit CIO Scholarship Fund, a group that supports the advancement of public education and students pursuing careers in information management.