January 5, 2021

To:        The Campus Community
From:    David Marshall, Executive Vice Chancellor 
Re:        Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

After almost 5 1/2 years of outstanding service as Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Matt Hall has decided for personal and professional reasons to accept a new position as Vice President and CIO at the University of Central Florida, effective February 5, 2021. We are all grateful to Matt for his many contributions to UC Santa Barbara since he joined the campus in September of 2015.  

As Associate Vice Chancellor and CIO, Matt Hall has overseen a profound transformation of our Information Technology infrastructure and operations, making a lasting impact on virtually every part of the campus, from teaching and research to administrative and business services to student affairs. Beyond important contributions to security, cloud-based technologies, and many other technological support areas too numerous to list here, Matt created a sense of community and common purpose across IT units and organizations on campus, laying the groundwork for further collaborations and partnerships. We would not have been able to manage remote work and remote instruction during the emergency conditions of the pandemic without the transformative work of all of our IT professionals that advanced our IT support services, infrastructure, and community over the last five years. Matt also has been a valued colleague and a crucial campus citizen—most recently playing an important role on the Chancellor’s COVID-19 Response Working Group.  

Chancellor Yang and I will soon take steps to form a search committee for a new Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. In the interim, I am grateful that Shea Lovan, Director of Cloud and Identity Services in Enterprise Technology Services (ETS), has agreed to serve as Interim CIO. With over 27 years of service as an IT professional on campus, he knows ETS, the Office of the CIO, and the IT community very well, and he will provide continuity for critical services and projects. I am grateful for his willingness to take on this important responsibility.  

I look forward to consulting with the Office of the CIO, the Information Technology Council (ITC), the Information Technology Board (ITB), and the Academic Senate Committee on Information Technology on a variety of critical IT projects and policies in the months ahead.

Please join me in thanking Matt Hall for his valuable contributions to our campus and wishing him the very best.