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TRANSITIONS: Architect Jim Carroll, Controller Matt Okamoto

By Dateline Staff on February 6, 2018 in University

Jim Carroll took up his new position Feb. 1 as the university’s architect and associate vice chancellor in charge of Design and Construction Management, succeeding Clayton Halliday, who retired.

Jim Carroll, architect, mugshot

Carroll comes to UC Davis after 6½ years at Auburn University, where he served as the university architect. Before that he worked in the private sector in Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Durham, N.C., during which time he completed university projects of all kinds: student housing/student life, laboratory, classroom, performing arts, administrative, research and athletics on more than 20 campuses.

At Auburn, he oversaw the design development of 68 capital projects with a total value of $780 million. Among those that are completed, Carroll said he takes particular pride in the Small Animal Teaching Hospital (250,000 square feet of new and renovated space for the College of Veterinary Medicine, including the 208,000-square-foot hospital) and the Mell Classroom Building (a project that involved extensive, campuswide outreach, working directly with the provost to reevaluate teaching pedagogies, and introducing flexible teaching styles using engaged, active student-learning).

Also at Auburn, Carroll served as faculty-staff liaison to men’s club lacrosse, 2011-14. He is also a lacrosse referee and an avid bicyclist. As an Auburn resident, he served on the city's Historic Preservation Commission. Now he and his wife, Kathleen, are excited to join the Davis community.

Carroll received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is a member of the Association of University Architects, the Society for College and University Planning, and APPA: Leadership in Educational Facilities (formerly the Association of Physical Plant Administrators), as well as the American Institute of Architects. He is a LEED-accredited professional (LEED is the U.S. Green Building Council’s rating system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

Matt Okamoto: Controller, assistant VC

Matt Okamoto started Monday (Feb. 5) as UC Davis’ new controller and assistant vice chancellor for Accounting and Financial Services, or AFS, succeeding Mike Allred, who retired.

Matt Okamoto, controller, mugshot

Okamoto joins UC Davis after a career of 20-plus years with Intel Corp., in various chief finance and business officer positions. Most recently he was responsible for the company’s Connected Home and Commercial Client business and its $12 billion in assets and income.

“His education, experience and personal approach led me to offer Matt the position,” said Kelly Ratliff, who leads Finance, Operations and Administration. “He brings a wonderful style of leadership and a long career of achieving results through collaboration — a good fit for the professional team at Accounting and Financial Services and our partners throughout the campus and UC system.”

In announcing Okamoto’s appointment, Ratliff also detailed a new reporting structure for two AFS units:

  • Supply Chain Management, under the leadership of Tim Maguire, now reports to the senior associate vice chancellor.
  • Administrative IT, led by Radhika Prabhu, which provides critical systems and technology services to the entire division, reports directly to the vice chancellor.

“The realignment will allow the controller to focus on the mission-critical financial reporting and accounting business for the university,” Ratliff said.

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About the author(s)

Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or