New UC Merced Chancellor Inaugurated

    Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang was inducted as the chancellor of UC
    Merced in a Nov. 6 ceremony on the university’s campus.

    Kang was joined by UC President Robert C. Dynes and Vice
    Chairman of the UC Board of Regents Russell S. Gould, as well as other UC and
    government officials.

    More than 600 people, including UC Merced faculty, staff,
    students and invited friends of the campus, witnessed the inauguration and
    keynote speaker Arno Penzias, who received the 1978 Nobel Prize in physics.

    “UC Merced is just stepping into its new phase, which, as an
    engineer, I would call, ‘UC Merced 2.0,’” Kang said to the audience. “We have
    come a long way in the short time since our campus opened. Our well-loved campus is thriving and poised for
    great achievements.”

    In his speech, Kang said he would strive to innovate every
    aspect of the campus’ endeavors, including academic excellence, international
    partnerships, community service programs, entrepreneurship, technology for
    distance learning and medicine.

    “Kang will lead UC Merced into a new era of ascendancy and
    distinction,” Dynes said during the ceremony. “And it will be my privilege and
    my joy to watch him do it. His passion for innovation will help realize the
    founders’ vision of transforming the valley.”

    Kang is the first Korean-American to lead a major research
    university. More than 60 percent of UC Merced students come from
    underrepresented ethnic or socioeconomic groups. In addition, more than half of
    the university’s students are first-generation college students.

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