Jim Davis

Jim Davis is Vice Provost IT & CTO with broad responsibilities focused on UCLA’s academic research and education mission but building on his past position as Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO. Jim has responsibilities for UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE), public-private partnership IT programs, the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, strategic academic data initiatives and the DOE sponsored, Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute. Additionally, he has broad accountability for university-wide IT planning, governance and strategic investment in academic infrastructure, operations and services.


Welcome to UCLA’s Office of Information Technology’s website. OIT is responsible for campus-wide information technology planning and policy, governance structures, stewardship of campus initiatives, and the Office of the UCLA Chief Privacy Officer. OIT reflects a vision and mission that focuses primarily on the academic ‘program’ impacts of our campus IT strategy. The term ‘program’ refers to frontline research, teaching and public mission, and to the direct institutional impacts with carrying research, teaching and service programs forward. OIT’s programmatic initiatives support and advance the research and educational mission of the University through its many collaborative partnerships that focus on:

  • Facilitating computational and data-oriented research at national leadership levels of capacity and competitiveness through the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE).
  • Responding to changing patterns, expectations and technology in education through leadership in emerging mobile and web development and research, IT accessibility knowledge, and the intersection of learning and research.
  • Building the BruinTech community engaged in and impacting the digital transformation of research and teaching, and promoting university engagement in regional, national and international technology-related public-private partnerships that include Innovate@UCLA a program partnership comprising the CIO and IT leadership of more than 40 companies and city governments in the SoCal area, CESMII (Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute), one of the 15 national Manufacturing USA Institutes.
  • The establishment of research and education data as a foundational institutional asset.

My office has broad responsibility for the campus IT vision and strategic planning. We have approximately 60 full-time staff members including a management team of 4 directors.