POC - IT: Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Virtual Event: Register for Zoom Details

Join us for the second event in the "Conversations with Extraordinary Leaders" speaker series. This event will be moderated by Stanford CIO Steve Gallagher, and feature UC Santa Cruz Vice Chancellor of IT and Vice Chancellor of Strategic Technology Initiatives  Van Williams.

Van Williams

Van Williams

Vice Chancellor of IT and Vice Chancellor of Strategic Technology Initiatives, UC Santa Cruz

Van Williams, Vice Chancellor of IT and Vice Chancellor of Strategic Technology Initiatives oversees technology for UC Santa Cruz, a $900M UC campus with locations in Santa Cruz, Silicon Valley and around the Monterey Bay area. Van supports a staff of 250 talented humans within the IT function.

His operational support portfolio includes Research and Innovation, Technology Enhanced Education, Cyber Risk, Enterprise Resource Planning, Business Process Optimization and Strategic Technology Corporate Partnerships.

Previous to UCSC, Van worked at New York University's Stern School of Business, where he was chief information officer. He spent more than 15 years there, working in a multitude of roles including chief technology officer and senior director of enterprise operations and solutions. Van has proudly had one failed startup and has worked as an independent consultant for a number of years.

He holds an MBA in Finance, Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Stern. He has a bachelor's degree from NYU where he majored in classical civilization (Latin and Ancient Greek) and minored in Chemistry. His training and experience mean he has a deep understanding and love of the liberal arts, science, technology, and business. Having worked in both private and public universities he is devoted to higher education's role as a key driver of innovation and productivity in creating a healthy society.


Through a facilitated discussion and Q&A, this extraordinary leader will share his career journey, lessons learned along the way, and what traits he found to be most important in his leadership approach.

Sponsored by Stanford POC-IT and UC Santa Cruz, this all-virtual event is open to the IT communities at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz, and will include opportunities for participants to ask questions of this leader.