CIO Shel Waggener to step down April 30, 2012

Publication Date: 
March 16, 2012
Expiration Date: 
March 16, 2015
OCIO Communications
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On March 15, 2012, UC Berkeley Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer Shel Waggener announced he will be leaving Berkeley to join Internet2 as Senior Vice President, where he will provide executive leadership for Internet2 NET+ Services. Shel will continue to serve as campus AVC-IT & CIO through April 30, 2012.

According to Internet2's press release, Shel will lead Internet2's pursuit of emerging cloud and advanced services above the network involving demand aggregation and brokering with campus and commercial providers, and distributed offerings among its members. He will also provide leadership for Internet2's InCommon federation, and middleware programs.


Shel began his career at Berkeley as Director of IST–Central Computing Services in 2003. In 2005, he was promoted to Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer.

Shel has made long-lasting contributions to the Berkeley campus and the UC system during his nine-year tenure. His accomplishments include providing leadership in implementing the 2004 IT Strategic Plan, developing campus IT strategies, establishing a partnership with LBNL to provide expanded high-performance research-computing services, and guiding the expansion of shared computing resources. Through his leadership, numerous technology solutions developed or contributed to by UC Berkeley have been open-sourced and are now in use at more than 100 universities nationwide.

Shel's fundamental redesign of core campus computing environments and organizations to a services-oriented approach laid the foundation for the Operational Excellence IT initiative, which he co-sponsored. Those projects include the recently implemented common desktop productivity suite, selection of Google Apps for Education, and a new vision for modernizing the campus approach to computing services.

In addition, Shel has been an active and influential member of numerous campus and UC systemwide planning and governance committees. He currently serves as Chair of the systemwide IT Leadership Council (ITLC), where Berkeley-led initiatives are freely shared with other UC campuses. Further still, his establishment of the campus Student Technology Council and related fundraising activities has brought renewed engagement with Silicon Valley firms, providing direct support for Berkeley students that will last well into the future.

In his own words

The following is the message Shel sent to the AVC–IT organization announcing his departure.


It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my planned departure from Berkeley to accept the position of Senior Vice President of Net+ with Internet2.

I will continue to serve as AVC & CIO through April 30. Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Breslauer and Vice Chancellor Wilton have appointed Lyle Nevels, CIO at Haas, as interim AVC & CIO beginning May 1st, 2012. Lyle will be taking a leave of absence from Haas to serve in this role and a national search will be undertaken for a permanent replacement. Lyle is an excellent choice to lead our organization and was selected for his extensive IT management background, academic departmental perspective, and deep involvement in the OE initiative. All work and organizational alignment activities that are currently underway will continue as planned, with Lyle having full authority as the new interim CIO and head of the IT Leadership Group.

My time at Berkeley has been some of the most rewarding of my life, working with truly exceptional people who are passionate about research and teaching and about making a difference in higher education. Whether you have been at Cal for most of your career or you've just arrived, I know you share my appreciation of how fortunate we are to be part of and contribute to a place that makes such a difference in the world. It was a very difficult decision to leave Cal, but the Internet2 opportunity will allow me to continue to work in support of a cause I am passionate about — the transformation of IT within higher education. I believe the IT function, which is and will continue to be a core enabler of so much of what we do within higher education, can be a real force for change at a time when higher education is facing unprecedented challenges as well as opportunities to evolve from centuries-old models to new approaches.

We will have time for further discussions over the next two months, including a town hall forum with Lyle, but in the interim I wanted to extend my sincere thanks for all your efforts. I look forward to continuing to support Cal and the higher education community from my new role.


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