I’m very excited to announce that Wes Johnson will be joining UC Berkeley as our Executive Director of Campus IT Experience! The search committee was pleased to have an incredibly strong pool of candidates that brought a diverse set of experiences and skills from similar portfolio functions as well as those who would bring expertise of service-focused organizations.
Wes comes to us from the University of Georgia (UGA) where he is currently the IT Director over Client Services reporting to the CIO. His portfolio at UGA is diverse and representative of his successful leadership. These services include support for the campus service desk, vlab and secureVDI, plus all of the collaborative services including their central ITSM offering (Confluence, Jira, Bomgar, and Zoom). Wes has managed the email integrations team which provided Email & Calendaring, Office 365, Google Workspace, and Listserv which is available for both UGA campus and the entire University System. He has served as a project manager for the campus Student Information System team, the Planning and Engagement office, and the office of the CIO. He led several cross-collaborative efforts at UGA including many different student, faculty, and staff committees for Zoom and customer experience efforts. In addition to these responsibilities, Wes has helped UGA prioritize diversity and inclusive excellence by serving on UGA’s Diversity and Inclusive Excellence group, where he was tasked with developing the five year D&I Excellence Strategic plan for his entire unit.
Wes brings a focus on IT Service Management including reporting and metrics to drive operation and strategic decisions. Wes has demonstrated success in improving service organizations, promoting excellence, and team building, such that the entirety of IT is viewed positively by the campus community. He leads with authenticity, building trust in his collaborations and among his staff. I’m excited for the skills that he will bring to us, and I look forward to adding Wes to our leadership table as we continue to transform Berkeley IT!
As a reminder, we will continue to work through the Organizational Design Project (ODP) and launch our new organization in January 2022. I am very cognizant of the fact that the Campus IT Experience (CITE) unit is new and staff are still learning about each other. We will continue to build on the alignment work that has been ongoing during ODP and look forward to Wes helping to successfully lead this unit.
Outside of work, Wes is also an active hip hop producer and rapper performing under the name “WesdaRuler.” He has opened for acts like Killer Mike, Egyptian Lover, Mndsgn, Linqua Franqa, and Of Montreal. He is married to his high school sweetheart and wife of 10 years, Brittany Johnson. They have two children, Aeden (8) and Carter (5). Wes has an Associates Degree in Sociology, and will complete his Bachelors in Cyber Security winter 2022. He will be joining us on Dec. 1, 2021 and plans to relocate his family to the bay area in the spring. Please keep an eye out for Wes in December and welcome him to Berkeley IT. Go Bears!