Paulick named associate vice chancellor for enterprise applications

Photo of Adam PaulickAdam Paulick has been selected to serve as the first associate vice chancellor and executive director for enterprise applications. Paulick is currently the director of enterprise business systems in the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of Information Technology, a role he has held since 2019.

Paulick will officially transition to the associate vice chancellor position in June 2024. He will develop a team and strategy to support Workday and other enterprise applications (large software systems) at all Universities of Wisconsin (UW) institutions.

“Adam is well-positioned to lead this effort and build this team,” says Universities of Wisconsin Senior Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Steven Hopper. “He is well connected and respected across the Universities of Wisconsin and brings a strong, long-term vision for building a culture of service that benefits all stakeholders and enables our mission.”

Workday is a cloud-based software platform that brings together data about people, finances, and operations in one system. All UW institutions, including UW–Madison, will use Workday to standardize and streamline how work gets done in human resources (HR), finance, and research administration. Workday will go live in July 2025, replacing current administrative systems such as the Shared Financial System (SFS) and Human Resources System (HRS). The new system will also work with the Huron Research Suite used by employees who work in research administration. The current Administrative Transformation Program (ATP) team will oversee the transition to Workday through the end of 2025.

Paulick’s current portfolio includes large software systems enterprise resource planning applications (such as Workday) for the Universities of Wisconsin and UW–Madison, departmental administrative applications, constituent relationship management applications, and the data warehouse infrastructure for UW–Madison.

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Rob Cramer says Paulick offers extensive experience with enterprise business systems, leadership in helping UW–Madison prepare for the transition to Workday, and familiarity with the UW environment.

“Managing these complex software systems requires a mix of technical knowledge, a solid understanding of Madison’s size and scale, collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, and a commitment to continuous improvement so we make the most of the software’s capabilities,” Cramer adds. “Adam is the right leader to move us forward as we plan the transition from go-live to operating in the Workday cloud environment.”

Paulick will report directly to Cramer and will be based at UW–Madison. The position is governed by the Universities of Wisconsin and has some shared reporting responsibilities to Hopper.

Under Paulick’s leadership, the enterprise applications team will drive efficiency, standardization, and data-driven decision-making in human resources, finance, research administration, and data and reporting tasks. The team’s work will focus on the technology used to perform these tasks, as well as the processes followed to complete them.

“I look forward to building an innovative and highly responsive team focused on returning the most from our investment in these large software systems and accompanying business process changes,” Paulick says. “It is imperative that our administrative work happens as efficiently and effectively as possible to strongly support our teaching, research, and public service missions.”

Before joining UW–Madison, Paulick served as associate vice chancellor and chief information officer at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where he was responsible for IT operations, security, governance, strategy, and contracts and partnerships for six campuses.