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Chancellor May on his life, work and the future of UC Davis

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the OP Staff Assembly sponsored UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May for an informative and inspiring Chancellor Chat with UCOP staff.

Chancellor May shared details about his childhood as the son of a public-school teacher and postal worker, as well as his burgeoning interest in science and engineering, and later his career path from professor to chancellor.  He shared how his personal experiences as an underrepresented student of color continue to inspire his work to promote educational access; as one example, under his leadership, UC Davis recently established its Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Chancellor May highlighted some of UC Davis’ recent achievements, including rankings as the fourth-best public university by Money Magazine and the fifth-best public university in the country by the Wall Street Journal — as well as accolades for its veterinary medicine and viticulture programs.

And, he emphasized the warm sense of community felt throughout the campus. “I’m impressed by the passion that our people — faculty, staff,  students and alumni — have for UC Davis,” he said. “They’re deeply committed to the university and the well-being of our students — and our students are really engaged with us.”

Before turning the program over for a lively question and answer session — which included queries about the chancellor’s affinity for the long-running Star Trek television series — Chancellor May encouraged staff to follow him on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). Each Thursday, he and his wife share an Instagram story in which they answer questions about campus life.

View an archived video of the event.

Save the date for upcoming Chancellor Chats

All chats take place following Council of Chancellors meetings, on Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m.

  • April 1 — Interim Chancellor Brostrom, UC Merced
  • May 6 — Chancellor Yang, UC Santa Barbara

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