After a national search, UCF has selected Matthew Hall as its new vice president for information technology and chief information officer. He is expected to start his new role on Feb. 5.

“I look forward to welcoming Matt to the leadership team and to working with him to help our faculty, staff and students to teach, learn and innovate at their best.”
— President Alexander N. Cartwright

Hall is currently the senior associate vice chancellor for information technology and cyber risk responsible executive at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Previously, he held positions at Koch Industries International, Microsoft, Bank of America and Vanderbilt University, and also served in sworn law enforcement positions at the Williamson County (Tenn.) Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

“We are excited about the experience, leadership and vision that Matt brings to help UCF leverage technology to elevate academic achievement and operational excellence,” says Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Johnson. “His ability to help us find opportunities for digital innovation is a key to our future success.”

During his time at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Hall developed the university’s first IT strategy, developed governance and federated IT structures and consolidated IT operations, including standardizing email and collaboration. He also played a critical role ensuring the success of enterprise-wide projects, including the implementation of a new enterprise resource system.

“UCF is a fantastic opportunity because of its growth, its aspirational goals and the energy of its people,” Hall says. “The mission of the institution — accessibility, affordability and innovation — is something I look forward to being a part of.”

In his role at UCF, Hall will report to the provost and serve as a key member of the senior leadership team to provide executive leadership and strategic vision for the institution’s information technology infrastructure, assets and services. He will also work collaboratively with the university community, including faculty and staff members and university leaders to leverage technological innovations to support research and instruction while also improving administrative systems and business processes.

“Matt has a breadth of experience leading technology upgrades, support and security that aligns well with our vision for the future,” says President Alexander N. Cartwright. “I look forward to welcoming Matt to the leadership team and to working with him to help our faculty, staff and students to teach, learn and innovate at their best.”

The 16-member search committee, which included faculty, staff and student representatives, was co-chaired by Jeff Moore, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities, and Paige Borden, associate provost and chief analytics officer.

Joel Hartman, who served as vice president for information technologies and resources and chief information officer, retired in July after 25 years at UCF. Michael Sink has been serving in this role in an interim capacity and will report to Hall when he assumes his new role.

Hall earned his B.A. in international affairs from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in the same subject from Florida State University. He and his wife, Lisa, are the parents of three boys: Michael, Jacob and Ayden.