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Dr. Julio Frenk named first Latino chancellor of UCLA

Dr. Julio Frenk

Dr. Julio Frenk (Photo: David Esquivel/UCLA)

University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., announced today (Wednesday, June 12) the selection of Julio Frenk, M.D., a global health expert and current president of the University of Miami, as UCLA’s next chancellor.

The UC Board of Regents approved the appointment today during a special meeting held at UCLA.

Dr. Frenk will succeed Chancellor Gene Block, who announced in 2023 his intent to return to his teaching and research. His appointment caps a seven-month-long search process that yielded a strong and diverse pool of candidates. An advisory committee chaired by President Drake and comprised of Regents, university faculty, staff, students, alumni, and foundation representatives led the search.

“Dr. Frenk has demonstrated a powerful commitment to the health and well-being of people, institutions, and systems around the world,” said President Drake. “His leadership will build on the growth and strength the campus has achieved under Chancellor Block and accelerate UCLA’s brilliant trajectory in service to Los Angeles, the nation, and the world.”

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President Drake has appointed UCLA Executive Vice Chair and Provost Darnell Hunt as interim chancellor of UCLA following Chancellor Gene Block’s departure at the end of July 2024. A well-known and highly respected member of the UCLA community, Hunt will ensure a smooth leadership transition until Dr. Julio Frenk arrives in January 2025.

“Executive vice chancellor and provost Darnell Hunt’s unique combination as a forward-looking scholar with extensive administrative leadership experience at UCLA makes him the perfect person to serve in this capacity for the campus right now,” President Drake said. “We are deeply grateful to him for his willingness to take on this role to the great benefit of UCLA.”

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