Another feather in cap – Osmania graduate Viji Murali named CIO of US varsity
An Osmania University, Hyderabad, graduate Viji Murali, has been named chief information officer and vice provost of Information and Educational Technology at the University of California, Davis.
Murali, an IT veteran in higher education, is coming to Davis from Washington State University, where she has served as vice president for Information Services and CIO for the WSU system since 2007.
She succeeds Pete Siegel, who left UC Davis a year ago. Professor Prasant Mohapatra has served as interim vice provost and CIO in the meantime.
She received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the Women’s College at Osmania University, India (1975), and a master’s in organic chemistry from Osmania’s College of Science (1977).
She then joined the Regional Research Laboratory, affiliated with Osmania, and worked there toward a doctoral degree in organic chemistry until 1981.
She worked for the University of Arizona for 11 years, first in the College of Education as a systems administrator; and then in the Centre for Computing and Information Technology as a programmer, a principal and project lead, computing manager and as director of systems management.
From there she went to Western Michigan University, as vice president for Information Technology and CIO, 1999 to 2007, before joining