Viji Murali named CIO of University of California Davis

Indian-American Viji Murali, an IT veteran in higher education, has been named as the chief information officer and vice provost of Information and Educational Technology at a prestigious American university.

“University of California Davis is incredibly fortunate to recruit someone with Viji’s experience and expertise. She is a leader in her field, and her efforts will be essential in realising our vision of excellence,” Chancellor, Linda P B Katehi, said in announcing Murali’s appointment.

Murali comes to UC Davis from Washington State University, where, since 2007, she has served as vice president for Information Services, and CIO for the WSU system.

She succeeds Pete Siegel, who left UC Davis a year ago, PTI reported.

Professor Prasant Mohapatra had served as interim vice provost and CIO in the meantime.

Murali would start her new job on August 18.

“I am excited to be joining a university with such a wonderful reputation, to lead the IT enterprise that contributes to the university’s excellence, in everything from student success to research,” she said.

“I intend to develop a shared vision with the faculty, staff and students, and we will move the institution to even greater heights,” Murali said in a statement.

Murali received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the Women’s College at Osmania University, India in 1975, and a master’s in organic chemistry from Osmania’s College of Science in 1977.

She then joined the Regional Research Laboratory, affiliated with Osmania, and worked there toward a doctoral degree in organic chemistry until 1981.


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