Aimée Dorr, veteran dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, on June 19 was named the next University of California provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs.
As UC provost, she will serve as the system’s chief academic officer and lead efforts to ensure the academic excellence of UC’s 10 campuses during a time of unprecedented fiscal challenges.
She was selected by UC President Mark G. Yudof after an exhaustive national search that included consultation with a 15-member advisory committee of faculty, students, staff and senior academic leaders representing all 10 UC campuses. Her appointment was ratified by the Board of Regents at a special meeting. She will assume her new responsibilities on July 2, replacing Lawrence Pitts, who previously announced his retirement.
Dorr, a professor of education at UCLA since 1981, became dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (GSE&IS) in 1999. Among the leadership positions she has held within the UC system are chair and vice chair of the UC Academic Senate and faculty representative to the UC Board of Regents.
“Aimée Dorr is an accomplished leader with superb management skills, strategic vision and a longstanding commitment to expanding educational opportunities for all segments of society,” Yudof said. “Her inclusive management style and understanding of the University of California at all levels will serve the entire system and each of our 10 campuses very well during these challenging times.”
Before joining the faculty at UCLA, Dorr was a faculty member at Stanford University, Harvard University and the University of Southern California, where she served as associate dean of the Annenberg School of Communications. At Stanford, she also served one year as special adviser to the president for childcare policy. At the same time that she became GSE&IS dean, she became co-chair of UCLA’s Academic Preparation and Educational Partnership Programs, formerly known as Outreach Programs.
“I look forward to joining with those who have been striving to sustain and grow the academic excellence of the University of California during these particularly difficult times,” Dorr said. “Building on the accomplishments and talents of the academic affairs team led so ably by Provost Pitts, I am confident we can overcome the obstacles that, without our combined efforts, would undermine the quality and access that have made this great university a model for the world and a treasure for the people of California.”
Dorr, who is 69, received her B.S. in mathematics from Stanford University, where she also earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology.
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