New Head of Computing and Communications Named at UC Riverside

Danna Gianforte starts at UC Riverside on Dec. 1.

Danna Gianforte is UCR’s new head of Computing and Communications.

Provost Paul D’Anieri announced that UC Riverside has recruited Danna Gianforte to begin on Dec. 1 as UC Riverside’s Associate Vice Chancellor for Computing and Communications and Chief Information Officer. She will succeed Chuck Rowley, who will be retiring.

Provost D’Anieri said he is grateful to Rowley for his many years of exemplary service. He said UCR is fortunate to have such a strong foundation in technology to build upon.

Gianforte is currently the Chief Information Officer for Residential and Dining Enterprises at Stanford University, where she authored the organization’s first technology-centered strategic plan, ushered in significant infrastructure improvements, and improved IT governance.

Prior to her service at Stanford, she was Associate CIO at the University of Georgia, where she oversaw a Banner implementation similar to the one currently underway at UC Riverside; developed the first student mobile application; and oversaw a major consolidation and virtualization of servers.

She worked previously at Middlebury College and at Texas A&M University, where she was part of the inaugural team that built an overseas campus in Doha, Qatar.

In addition to her academic work, Gianforte is CEO of a startup firm, Swapability, which helps organizations participate in temporary talent exchange. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from Texas A&M and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from Texas Tech.

D’Anieri also noted the work of the search committee: Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget Maria Anguiano, (Chair); Laura Bishin, principal auditor; Israel Fletes, director of educational  technology and computing services; Rebeccah Goldware, chief of staff, Research & Economic Development; University Librarian Steve Mandeville-Gamble; Professor Thomas Stahovich, Mechanical Engineering; and Professor Len Nunney, Biology.

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