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Dorothy Leland named UC Merced chancellor by Regents

Georgia College & State University President Dorothy Leland was appointed May 18 by the University of California Board of Regents to serve as the third chancellor of UC Merced, capping a national search for an institution builder to guide the system’s newest university into the top ranks of American research and teaching institutions.

“Dorothy Leland takes the reins of UC Merced at a pivotal time,” said UC President Mark G. Yudof. “She’s a proven leader skilled at getting the best from everyone she works with and an educator with a true passion for teaching and innovation. Wherever she goes, she raises the bar.”

Leland, who grew up in the rural California town of Fillmore, succeeds Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang, an electrical engineer who will return to teaching and research at UC Santa Cruz after he leaves the chancellorship on June 30. Leland, who holds a doctorate in philosophy, will step into her new post July 1.

“The opportunity to help build on the accomplishments of UC Merced’s faculty, students and staff is an honor and tremendous thrill,” Leland said. “The university’s vibrancy and commitment to research excellence, coupled with the chance to get back to California, make this appointment all the more exciting for me.”

“It will be a delight to welcome Dorothy Leland to our rapidly growing campus and begin preparations for a seamless transition over the remainder of my term,” said Kang. “I am confident she will be energized and inspired by the pioneering spirit and determination that thrive on our beautiful young campus, just as I have been throughout my tenure.”

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