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Chancellor selection announced for UC Riverside

UC President Mark G. Yudof announced on July 25 that he has selected former Michigan State University Provost and Executive Vice President Kim A. Wilcox to serve as the ninth chancellor of UC Riverside.

Wilcox, 59, professor of communicative sciences and disorders at Michigan State University, announced late last year that he would step down as provost and executive vice president after serving in those positions since 2005. Previously, he had served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, from 2002 to 2005, and as president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents from 1999 to 2002.

“Kim Wilcox brings to the University of California distinctive expertise and interests that will serve the Riverside campus and the larger community exceedingly well,” Yudof said. “He has been a dedicated teacher, scholar and researcher who also excelled as an academic leader and chief executive, always maintaining his commitment to diversity and access to higher education.”

The UC Board of Regents will act on details of the appointment, including compensation, on Aug. 8, during a special meeting in Riverside and other locations, with regents connected by telephone. The effective date of the appointment to be considered by the regents is Aug. 19.

Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley, who has served in the role since Chancellor Timothy White left to become chancellor of the California State University system at the end of 2012, called Wilcox an excellent choice and said he will have her full support as he prepares to lead the Riverside campus.

Wilcox, a first-generation college graduate, said he was honored to have been selected as chancellor during a particularly exciting time on the Riverside campus, with the opening of its new medical school, expanding research opportunities and the potential to broaden the campus’s international reach.

“My values and interests align perfectly with UC Riverside, one of the nation’s great research universities,” he said. “I look forward to meeting with students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the larger community, to learning and exchanging ideas and to working toward making Riverside the best it can be.”

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