Paul Padley named vice president for IT, chief information officer

Dear Rice Community,

I am writing to announce that Paul Padley, a professor of physics and astronomy and director of Rice’s Bonner Nuclear Laboratory, has been named the university’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer. Paul assumed the position on an interim basis last summer when Klara Jelinkova stepped down from the post.

The Office of Information Technology is the university’s central technology provider and supports research, academic and administrative systems, other core applications and voice, network and computing infrastructure for the Rice community.

Paul, who holds a Ph.D. and master's degree in physics from the University of Toronto and a bachelor's in physics from York University, has been deeply involved with information technology at Rice and serves on a number of faculty advisory committees on information technology issues, including the university’s IT executive committee. He also leads the United States’ contributions to the operation of the Compact Muon Solenoid detector at the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider.

With our goal of growing the research and scholarship enterprise at Rice, Paul’s strength in research computing will be a great asset to this role. Since being named interim vice president for IT and interim chief information officer, he has helped implement imagineOne, a project aimed at streamlining the university’s business processes by integrating human resources, financials, procurement and related reporting into one modern, cloud-based platform.

Paul has done an exceptional job at mitigating the various challenges imagineOne has presented during the implementation process and beyond, and he has worked to find solutions, to get people the tools they need to move forward and to integrate the new system across campus.

Please join me in congratulating Paul on his new post. To learn more about him, click here.


Warm regards,

Reginald DesRoches, President


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