Darcy Van Patten leads enterprise digital transformation through collaborative processes, shared technologies, and data and information management. Her technology and product innovation teams are designing, building, and running the university’s student information system, various academic and classroom technologies, student computing resources, and mobile technologies. Her work includes implementing the university’s enterprise level constituent relationship management (CRM) program by using user-centered design methodologies to create highly personalized constituent experiences.
Previously at Oracle, Darcy led the design of a highly flexible admissions application and partnered on vertical solutions for student recruiting and student engagement within higher education using Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle Eloqua Marketing Cloud.
Darcy also spent 11 years at the University of Washington leading product strategy, delivery and service management for enterprise student information systems. She directed enterprise student information systems as lead product strategist to oversee all aspects of product delivery and service management. She served as an internal consultant to executive leadership and university process partners to define, resource, and deliver maximum value to the organization. She was awarded a 2014 Campus Innovators award for leadership in delivering MyPlan, the UW's academic planning tool.
Darcy cares deeply about leading transparently, purposefully, and working with creative, dedicated people who communicate with candor, respect, and trust. Her day-to-day goals include having fun at work (life is short) and loving what she does. She got her start at University of Washington as an Oceanographer studying the geophysics of the mid-ocean volcanic ridge system. Darcy co-authored three peer-reviewed papers and conducted geophysical surveys of the ocean (over 4000 meters down) in autonomous tethered vehicles (ATVs) and a three-man submarine—the same one that found the Titanic—and synthesized and visualized large data sets.