ITS Staff Directory

Van Williams
  • Title
    • Vice Chancellor of Information Technology
    • Vice Chancellor of Strategic Technology Initiatives
  • Division Information Technology Services
  • Department
    • Information Technology Services
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Kerr Hall, Kerr Hall 2nd floor
    • Scotts Valley Center
  • Mail Stop Chancellor's Office

Biography, Education and Training

Van Williams, VC 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.