A career in campus tech

Pete Siegel must be used to long job titles by now. They come with the territory.

Siegel is the new vice provost for Information and Educational Technology (IET) and chief information officer for the University of California, Davis, a position he has held since moving here from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in mid-August.

As the campus executive in charge of UC Davis tech, Siegel oversees a department of 267 career employees with a $32.4 million annual budget.

IET's job is to deliver technological services that support the campus missions of teaching, research and public service--a task that stretches from phone services and computer security to data centers, classroom technology and podcasts.

Siegel arrives in Davis with decades of experience and, well, occasionally lengthy titles.

At the Illinois university he was chief information officer and associate provost, a position he had held since 2000. From 1998 to 2000 he was director for academic informational technology at Iowa State University of Science and Technology in Ames.

And he spent most of the 25 years before that at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.--starting as a teaching assistant/instructor in its Department of Linguistics in September 1976 and rising to the post of director of network and computing systems for Cornell University Information Technologies.

At Davis, Siegel succeeds Dr. Peter Yellowlees, who was interim vice provost for IET for 16 months before returning to his appointments as a professor of psychiatry and director of academic information systems for the UC Davis Health System.

Siegel and his wife, Hope Stevens, have moved to Davis. They have a son and a daughter; each is studying physics in college.

Siegel also writes a blog; you can find it at vpiet.ucdavis.edu.