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Monday, April 12, 2004
Dolores Davies, 858-534-5994
Michael Reese (510) 987-9200


Marye Anne Fox, a nationally known chemist and academic leader who currently serves as chancellor of North Carolina State University, today (April 12) was appointed the seventh chancellor of the University of California, San Diego, by the UC Board of Regents.

Acting on the recommendation of UC President Robert C. Dynes, the Regents appointed Fox to the UCSD post effective August 16. She replaces Dynes, who became president Oct. 2, 2003.

Fox has served as chancellor of North Carolina State University since 1998 and previously was vice president for research at the University of Texas at Austin. As one of the nation's most distinguished physical organic chemists, she has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. She also is a member of President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and is a recipient of numerous distinguished awards for teaching and research.

"Dr. Fox brings superb academic credentials, national prominence as a spokesperson on science and education policy issues, and a deep commitment to preserving the excellence of UCSD," said Dynes, who participated in the Regents' telephone conference call from the UCSD campus. "She is passionate about students and their education, and she is attentive to the needs and interests of the broader community.

"Everything in her background has prepared her for this job. Dr. Fox brings the combination of skills needed to build on UCSD's reputation as one of the finest universities in the world. I am delighted about this appointment, I am excited for the future of UCSD, and I know the campus and the San Diego community will warmly welcome Dr. Fox."

In making the selection, Dynes was assisted by an advisory committee of Regents, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community representatives. The committee reviewed approximately 50 applicants for the position, drawn from a national pool of more than 300 potential candidates.

"It is a tremendous honor to accept this appointment, and I am thrilled to be joining the UCSD community," Fox said. "UCSD is an exciting, innovative global institution that is continually setting new standards of excellence and entrepreneurship. I am eager to begin working with everyone in the UCSD community - faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the broader community - to build on this university's distinguished history and even further accelerate its momentum."

Fox, 56, holds a B.S. degree from Notre Dame College, an M.S. from Cleveland State University, and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. She spent much of her academic career at the University of Texas, where she also transitioned into academic administration.

Under Fox's leadership as chancellor, North Carolina State saw its national profile rise. Fox presided over major building and fundraising campaigns, the successful development of a public-private research center called Centennial Campus, the hiring of outstanding faculty, and increases in research spending, patent awards, and private donations.

Fox has published extensively in both chemistry and science policy. In recognition for outstanding performance during her years as a chemistry professor, she has received numerous teaching awards, as well as the Monie Ferst Award, a national honor recognizing outstanding mentoring of graduate students.

More than 50 students have received advanced degrees under her supervision, and more than 100 postdoctoral fellows and sabbatical visitors have worked with her. In addition, Fox has received a long list of research awards from professional societies in the United States and abroad. She holds honorary degrees from universities in France, Northern Ireland, and Spain and has held more than 50 endowed lectureships at universities worldwide.

Fox has served on the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Sciences and has been elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a foreign member of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of Barcelona.

She co-chairs the National Research Council's Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable and is chair of the National Association of Land Grant Colleges and Universities' Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources. She also serves on numerous scientific advisory boards and local community boards in North Carolina.

Fox is the first woman appointed permanent chancellor of UC San Diego. (Marjorie Caserio and Marsha Chandler have served in the position in an acting capacity.)

The Regents approved an annual salary of $350,000 for Fox. This compensation level, though an increase over the previous salary for the UCSD chancellor ($280,700), still substantially lags those of similar positions at competing universities.

Fox is married with three sons and two stepsons. Additional information about her background is available on her current web site at http://chancellor.ncsu.edu/maf.html.

Since its founding just four decades ago, UC San Diego - one of the 10 campuses in the University of California system - has rapidly become one of the top institutions in the nation for higher education and research. With annual research funding of $627 million, UCSD ranks fifth in the nation, and first in the UC system, in federal R&D expenditures. UCSD faculty and graduate programs have been ranked 10 th best in the nation by the National Research Council. The campus, which enrolls 23,045 students, also has one of the nation's highest percentages of faculty elected to the prestigious national academies.

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