Jim Davis to step down as vice provost of information technology
Royce Hall is pictured. Jim Davis, the current vice provost of information technology, will step down, spurring an organizational change in the department. (Kyle Kotanchek/Daily Bruin senior staff)
June 9, 2023 7:58 p.m.
Jim Davis, the vice provost of information technology and the head of the Office of Advanced Research Computing, will step down June 30, leading to an organizational restructuring.
As part of the restructuring, the OARC will join the Office of Research and Creative Activities, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Darnell Hunt said in the announcement, adding that the change aims to improve digital research and learning to align with the DataX Initiative. One part of OARC, the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, will instead join UCLA Ethics, Compliance and Audit, which is run by Associate Vice Chancellor Mark Krause.
Davis worked on technical transformations on campus during his time as vice provost, including the creation of UCLA Mobile, the formation of UCLA’s first informational technology governance structure and the use of the Online Teaching and Learning Initiative, the announcement said. Under Davis, OARC also collaborated with academic researchers and hosted more than 100 training workshops and courses a year, the announcement added.
Davis also oversees the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the announcement said, adding that he will continue as principal investigator of CESMII after he steps down as vice provost. After stepping down, Davis will transition to being a faculty research advisor within OARC and will have more involvement in environmental sustainability projects and federal initiatives on artificial intelligence.
“Looking to the future, OARC’s shift into the Office of Research and Creative Activities is a natural progression that will enable the office to increase its value to UCLA, developing innovative and sustainable data and technology solutions for research in partnership with faculty and campus units,” Hunt said in the announcement.