Paul Padley serves as Rice University’s Interim Vice President for IT and Chief Information Officer. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing the university’s technology strategies, ranging from governance, policy, and resource allocation, to protocol and organization. Paul works closely with the university president and other senior leaders to deliver innovative uses of technology and support the university mission.
Paul is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the Director of the T.W. Bonner Nuclear Laboratory and has been with Rice for over 25 years. He is internationally regarded as a leader in particle physics and currently leads the United States’ contributions to the operation of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. He is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society.
Paul holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in Physics from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from York University.