UC President Mark G. Yudof announces his selection for UC San Diego Chancellor

University of California President Mark G. Yudof announced today that he has selected Pradeep K. Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s highly regarded College of Engineering, to serve as the eighth chancellor of UC San Diego. Citing Dean Khosla’s accomplishments as a leader, educator and researcher, Yudof said he emerged as the top candidate after an international search. During his tenure as dean, Khosla initiated undergraduate curriculum reform, successful diversity efforts, multidisciplinary and multi-college research centers, multidisciplinary graduate offerings, and international programs. Details of the appointment will be voted on at the May 16 meeting of the UC Board of Regents. If approved, Khosla will succeed Marye Anne Fox on Aug. 1, who will continue serving as chancellor until then. read more

The search for a new UC San Diego chancellor

University of California President Mark G. Yudof

University of California President Mark G. Yudof has named an advisory committee of university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives to help in the national search for a new chancellor to lead UC San Diego. Sherry Lansing, chair of the Board of Regents and committee member, has appointed five regents to serve.

Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, a renowned educator and 2010 National Medal of Science recipient, plans to leave the position in June of next year to return to teaching and research as a distinguished professor of chemistry at the university.

Fox became San Diego’s seventh chancellor in 2004 – the first woman appointed to the position – and set about assembling a diverse senior leadership team on campus. During her tenure, the university and its faculty have continued to garner top national and international recognition for research, teaching, medicine and artistic achievement.

"As Marye Anne Fox demonstrated in adding striking breadth and depth to the university's already sterling reputation, strong leadership is essential to quality," said President Yudof.

The members of the search advisory committee for Fox’s replacement include:

  • UC Regents Dr. William de la Peña, Eddie Island, George Kieffer, Bonnie Reiss and Charlene Zettel.
  • Faculty representatives Robert Anderson, chair of the UC Academic Council and UC Berkeley professor of economics and math; Elizabeth Bjork, professor, UCLA Department of Cognitive Psychology; James Carmody, professor, UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance; Igor Grant, professor and vice chair, UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry; and Katja Lindenberg, professor, UC San Diego Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • Staff representative Dave Wargo, chair, UC San Diego Staff Association and facilities manager for computer science and engineering.
  • Student representatives Alyssa Wing, president, Associated Students, UC San Diego; and R. John Alaniz, UC San Diego graduate student in history and former chair of the Graduate Student Association.
  • Alumni representative Peter Preuss of the Preuss Family Foundation.
  • UC San Diego Foundation representative Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs.
  • Ex-officio committee members President Yudof, convener of the committee; and Sherry Lansing, chair of the Board of Regents.

The committee's first meeting will be held Oct. 28 at UC San Diego, where committee members and invited guests will meet in closed session to gather ideas and comments relevant to the search. The daylong forum will include remarks by President Yudof, followed by separate sessions with various campus constituency groups. The president and committee members also will participate in a luncheon with alumni, donors and community leaders.

The advisory committee will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee's work will be scheduled so that candidates can be presented to President Yudof for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents, tentatively by May 2012.

The search will be assisted by Isaacson, Miller (www.imsearch.com/), a firm previously retained by the University of California to assist with campus and medical center searches.

More information about the search from the UC San Diego campus: http://chancellorsearch.ucsd.edu

Copies of the regents' policy on the appointment of chancellors: www.universityofcalifornia.edu/regents/policies/7102.html

For more news and information about the University of California: www.universityofcalifornia.edu

UC San Diego contact: Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff Clare Kristofco, ckristofco@ucsd.edu.

Send a nomination, application, or comment to the advisory committee

While it will not be possible to provide responses to any such comments that are received, issues, concerns, and suggestions raised will be shared with the Advisory Committee

Official Position Description

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The Search Process

  • The five faculty members on the search committee, working with the president, will submit to the full committee for evaluation not fewer than five promising candidates.
  • The committee evaluates the nominations and can add more names.
  • The committee may interview the candidates.
  • The committee will solicit the opinions of other interested groups in whatever manner it considers appropriate.
  • Both the committee and the president should be mindful of the university’s commitment to hiring women and underrepresented minorities.
  • After the committee completes its evaluations and advises the UC president, he will make his recommendation to the UC Board of Regents for consideration and approval.