Committee Created to Aid Search for Chancellor

University of California President Mark Yudof announced on Oct. 14 that a 17-person advisory committee will aid in the selection of Chancellor Marye Anne Fox’s replacement. The committee is aiming to hire the next chancellor by May 2012.

“The advisory committee was released last week; however, the committee has not yet convened so I am unable to provide any information,” A.S. President Alyssa Wing said in a prepared statement. “I do know that the advisory committee will be seeking input from a variety of different communities including staff, faculty, students and other community members. This is an extensive and thorough process that will include opportunities for important campus communities to provide input and identify the qualities they are looking for in the next chancellor.”

Although the committee’s first meeting is closed to the general public, committee member Wing welcomes input from students in choosing the next chancellor. Undergraduate students are invited to attend a closed input session with the committee in its first meeting on Oct. 28.

“This is one of the only times in which undergraduate students, other than myself, will be able to participate in a session during the selection process,” Wing said.  

Interested students can email Wing for more information. The 45-minute session is limited to 15 undergraduate students.

The session coincides with the committee’s first meeting.  

“[The search for the next chancellor] will be a national search that will also look within the UC system and UC San Diego,” UCOP spokesperson Steve Montiel said in “Panel to find replacement for UCSD’s Fox,” published in the San Diego Union-Tribune on Oct. 14. “With UC San Diego, you have an institution that’s on the cutting edge of the intellectual frontier. The leadership and vision of the chancellor are crucial to UC San Diego continuing on its path of excellence.”

According to the UC Regents’ policy on appointment of chancellors, the five faculty members on the committee are required to submit no less than five potential candidates to the committee for its consideration. During the process, the other members of the committee are allowed to consider and suggest other names, in addition to interviewing candidates. After the committee has completed its evaluations and advised Yudof in his final selection, he will submit his recommendation for Chancellor Fox’s replacement to the UC Regents.

“As Marye Anne Fox demonstrated in adding striking breadth and depth to the university’s already sterling reputation, strong leadership is essential to quality,” Yudof said in an Oct. 14 UCOP press release.

Yudof is aiming to have the next UCSD chancellor selected by May 2012, in order to present his choice at the Board of Regents meeting.

Chancellor Fox is stepping down in June 2012 to return to teaching and researching as a distinguished professor of chemistry at UCSD.

The advisory committee members are:
? UC Regents Dr. William de la Peña, Eddie Island, George Kieffer, Bonnie Reiss and Charlene Zettel
? Robert Anderson, chair of the UC Academic Council and UC Berkeley professor of economics and math
? Elizabeth Bjork, professor, UCLA Department of Cognitive Psychology
? James Carmody, professor, UCSD Department of Theatre and Dance
? Sandra Daley, professor, UCSD Department of Pediatrics
? Katja Lindenberg, professor, UCSD Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
? Dave Warg, UCSD Staff Association chair and facilities manager for computer science and engineering
? A.S. President Alyssa Wing-
? R. John Alaniz, UCSD graduate student in history and former chair of the Graduate Student Association
? Alumni representative Peter Preuss of the Preuss Family Foundation
? Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs of the UCSD Foundation
? Ex-officio committee members President Yudof, and Sherry Lansing, chair of the Board of Regents

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