FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 15, 1999
Mark Aydelotte (510) 987-9200
NEW CHANCELLOR NAMED FOR UC MERCED
SAN FRANCISCO - The United States' first new research university of the 21st
century will be led by the University of California's vice provost for
academic initiatives in the Office of the President, Carol Tomlinson-Keasey.
Tomlinson-Keasey's selection as the founding chancellor of the Merced campus
by UC President Richard C. Atkinson was announced at today's meeting
(Thursday, July 15) of the UC Board of Regents in San Francisco. Acting
on Atkinson's recommendation, the board appointed Tomlinson-Keasey, a
distinguished developmental psychologist and longtime UC faculty member and
administrator, to the post effective August 1.
Tomlinson-Keasey, 56, will oversee the first new campus of the university to
be built since 1965, and the first UC campus to be located in the Central
Valley. The new chancellor will begin recruiting her senior faculty and
administrative staff immediately.
"Carol Tomlinson-Keasey is an innovator, a highly respected academic
leader, and an individual with an unwavering commitment to the new
campus," Atkinson said. "She stood out in a field of 100
superb candidates. Her extensive knowledge of the UC system and her
experience as an early pioneer in the development of UC Merced make her
uniquely qualified to serve as the founding chancellor of the first new
University of California campus in nearly 40 years."
Tomlinson-Keasey has served since 1997 as the university's first systemwide
vice provost for academic initiatives, and was named by Atkinson to direct the
planning efforts for UC Merced on April 2, 1998. In that dual role, she
has served both as the leader of new campus development prior to the formal
appointment of a chancellor and as the individual responsible for directing
the development of new academic programs throughout the UC system, including
the use of new technologies for instruction, research and public service.
As systemwide vice provost, Tomlinson-Keasey has overseen the creation of the
California Digital Library and establishment of new part-time professional
degree programs. She has also coordinated planning for UC's
academic programs in Washington, D.C.
Regents' Chairman John G. Davies said of Tomlinson-Keasey, "She
already has proven her effectiveness in leading the new campus over the past
year. She has a wonderful opportunity to help shape the academic
traditions of a brand-new University of California campus. The regents
are impressed with her academic and scientific credentials, and her enthusiasm
for making UC Merced a premier campus of the University of California."
Tomlinson-Keasey said of her appointment, "In my 20 years at UC, I have
come to respect the university in all of its facets. I have watched the
transformation of our young people as they matriculate. I have seen the
benefits of our research in every sphere. I have been part of the commitment
to public service. I am pleased and humbled by this chance to develop and lead
As chancellor, Tomlinson-Keasey will preside over the new UC Merced campus,
slated to open in 2005 with a combined enrollment of 1,000 undergraduate and
graduate students. The campus is expected to grow by about 800 full-time
students each year.
The main campus, with vistas of the Sierra Nevada, will be part of an
11,000-acre planned community northeast of the City of Merced. The
university intends to make UC Merced a full research university with strong
engineering and science programs. The new campus will serve as a
"hub" for a program of distributed education throughout the San
Joaquin Valley, with physical centers located in Modesto, Merced, Fresno,
Bakersfield, and possibly other locations to be determined in the future.
Prior to her position with the Office of the President, Tomlinson-Keasey
served at UC Davis as vice provost for faculty relations from 1992-94, as dean
of the college of letters and science from 1994-95, and as vice provost for
academic planning and personnel from 1995-1997. Tomlinson-Keasey was a
professor at UC Riverside from 1980 to 1992, where
she was honored with the campus's distinguished teaching award. She has
also held faculty positions at Rutgers University and the University of
She received her bachelor's degree in political science in 1964
fromPennsylvania State University, a master's degree in psychology in 1966
from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from UC
Berkeley in 1970.
In appointing Tomlinson-Keasey as UC Merced chancellor, regents approved an
annual salary for her of $225,000. Like other UC chancellors, she will
be provided with a home by the university to serve as a personal residence and
as a site for university-related events and for entertaining distinguished
visitors to the campus.