Monday, May 22, 2000
Trey Davis (510) 987-0056



The University of California Board of Regents has approved the appointment of Julius Zelmanowitz as vice provost for academic initiatives.

Zelmanowitz has served as acting vice provost since then-Vice Provost Carol Tomlinson-Keasey was appointed the founding chancellor of university's 10th campus, UC Merced. He first joined the Office of the President from UC Santa Barbara in 1998 as the vice provost's faculty assistant. Zelmanowitz's appointment follows a nationwide search.

"Our search stressed the importance of strong academic stature, an outstanding background in teaching and research, and a demonstrated record of organizational ability, faculty consultation and leadership," said Provost and Senior Vice President--Academic Affairs C. Judson King. "Professor Zelmanowitz possesses all of these qualities and now has a major role in shaping the university's academic initiatives."

As vice provost for academic initiatives, Zelmanowitz will be responsible for a wide range of activities interacting with UC campuses, the Academic Senate and other segments of higher education, including promoting the use of instructional technology, developing policies related to scholarly publishing, promoting intercampus programs, and gaining synergies between University Extension and core UC programs.

As interim vice provost, he has been instrumental in the launch of UCTV, the university's new public interest television channel. UCTV is capable of reaching more than three million viewers throughout North America.

Zelmanowitz earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He joined the faculty of the UC Santa Barbara mathematics department in 1966 and was appointed a full professor in 1977.

His research is in the area of abstract algebra, especially the theory of rings and representations, and he has written more than 50 research articles. Zelmanowitz has been a visiting professor at UCLA and other universities in the United States, Canada, Germany, Israel, and Italy.

While at UC Santa Barbara, Zelmanowitz held administrative positions as associate vice chancellor for academic personnel and associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

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