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UC Merced’s Dorothy Leland visits UCOP this Thursday

Hear UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland this Thursday, May 30, the next speaker in the Women We Admire series, 12 to 1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room.

With a career in higher education that has spanned more than 30 years, Leland began her term in July 2011 as the third chancellor of UC’s fledgling campus, the subject of a recent story in the SF Chronicle.

In her two years’ tenure, she has launched several initiatives to sharpen strategic academic focus, expand graduate programs and reimagine the physical development of the campus. A strong proponent of UC’s research mission, she expects to make research a top priority at UC Merced throughout her term.

Previously, Leland held faculty or senior administrative positions at Purdue and Florida Atlantic universities. She also served as president of Georgia College & State University (in Milledgeville) and has been credited with academic, research and community relations improvements that now make it one of the nation’s top public colleges.

Leland served on the boards of directors for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Among her many honors and awards are a Distinguished Alumna award from Purdue and the 2006 Governor’s Award (Georgia) for Excellence in Historic Preservation for rehabilitating historic buildings on the Georgia College campus.

She holds a B.A. in English, an M.A. in American studies and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue.

The President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women initiated the Women We Admire speaker series in 2009 to bring women to UCOP from around the system to share insights about their careers, workplace challenges and work–life balance.

Events are open to all members of the UCOP community, and both men and women are invited to learn more about how to make the most of working at UC. Find other speakers in the series and archived audio of past talks on the website.

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