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Regents appoint Kim Wilcox as Riverside chancellor

The UC Board of Regents on Aug. 8 appointed Kim A. Wilcox, former Michigan State University provost, executive vice president and professor of communicative sciences and disorders, as the ninth chancellor of UC Riverside.

Selected by UC President Mark G. Yudof after a nationwide search, Wilcox, 59, succeeds Chancellor Timothy White, who left the post in late 2012 to become president of the California State University system. Jane Close Conoley, dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UC Santa Barbara, has served as UC Riverside interim chancellor for the past seven months.

“Becoming chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, is a dream come true,” Wilcox said. “I’m immensely honored to join the thousands of great individuals who have helped shape the university over the past decades. I look forward to helping make this great institution an even greater one in the years to come.”

Wilcox will begin his tenure, which also includes an academic appointment, on Aug. 19. The UC regents approved an annual salary of $354,000, which represents an increase of $29,000 (8.9 percent) over the previous chancellor’s salary. The increase of $29,000 will be paid with non-state funds.

As provost of Michigan State from 2005 to July 2013, Wilcox had oversight responsibilities for more than 200 academic programs, nearly 49,000 students and almost 5,000 faculty and academic staff. During that time, he implemented major institutional restructuring and strategic positioning initiatives, and helped lead a capital campaign that raised $1.4 billion. He added 100 new faculty positions, expanded the university’s two medical colleges and created the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and the College of Music.

Wilcox graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in audiology and speech sciences in 1976. He earned master’s and doctoral degrees in speech and hearing science from Purdue University in 1978 and 1980, respectively.

Since early 2013, Wilcox has been on leave from Michigan State, serving in Washington, D.C., with the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, a nonprofit organization  focused on contributing to a more sustainable agricultural future for African countries. He and his wife, Diane Del Buono, have been married for 36 years.

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