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UCSD Chancellor Marye Anne Fox to step down in 2012

Internationally renowned scientist and educator Marye Anne Fox, chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, and 2010 recipient of the National Medal of Science, among many other honors and awards, has announced that she will step down as chancellor in June 2012 to return to teaching and research as a distinguished professor of chemistry at the university.

The UC Office of the President will begin an international search for her successor this fall.

“During her tenure as chancellor at UC San Diego, Marye Anne Fox has added striking breadth and depth to the university’s already sterling reputation,” said Mark Yudof, president of the University of California. “The accomplishments of her service give renewed energy and purpose to the institution, and set a visionary course for the 21st century.”

The seventh chancellor of UC San Diego and the first woman to be appointed as permanent chancellor, Fox assembled a diverse senior leadership team during her tenure which saw the campus and its faculty earn Nobel and Pulitzer prizes; garner top international and national rankings for research, teaching, medicine and the arts; gain international notice of the university’s discoveries, inventions and other achievements; and merit presidential recognition for a superlative record of public service.

“I consider it a privilege beyond measure to work with so many extraordinary scholars, teachers, scientists, doctors, staff members and students,” Fox said. “The university has all of the human and creative resources we need to achieve even greater success in the decades ahead.”

Under her leadership, UC San Diego successfully completed a $1 billion capital campaign, celebrated the campus’ 50th anniversary and expanded at an unprecedented pace to accommodate increasing numbers of students and a billion-dollar research enterprise.

Go to the UC Newsroom for the full story, including photos and a link to Fox’s UCSD website.

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