FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON ENGINEERING DEAN NAMED CHANCELLOR AT UC SANTA CRUZ
Denice Dee Denton, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, was appointed chancellor of the University of California’s Santa Cruz campus today (Dec. 14).
Acting on the recommendation of President Robert C. Dynes, the UC Board of Regents appointed Denton the ninth chancellor of UC Santa Cruz during a special meeting conducted by teleconference.
She replaces M.R.C. Greenwood, who was appointed UC provost and senior vice president of academic affairs last February. Martin M. Chemers, provost and executive vice chancellor of the Santa Cruz campus, has been serving as acting UCSC chancellor during the search for a new permanent chancellor. Chemers will remain acting chancellor until Denton takes office.
"UC Santa Cruz is a campus on the move, and Denice Denton brings the perfect skills and credentials to build on the momentum that has been created by Provost Greenwood and Acting Chancellor Chemers," said Dynes. “She is an accomplished scholar, an energetic and articulate advocate about the role and importance of education in our society, and a skillful and innovative administrator who understands the increasingly important role UC Santa Cruz plays in the Silicon Valley economy and beyond.”
Denton, 45, emerged as Dynes’ top choice for the position after a national search that produced more than 700 prospects. The president was advised by a committee representing regents; faculty, students, staff, and alumni of UCSC; and the UC Santa Cruz Foundation.
“I am deeply honored by this appointment, and I am very excited to be joining the University of California and the UC Santa Cruz community in particular,” Denton said. “The campus’s expanding international reputation for academic excellence is a testament to the work of its outstanding students and faculty. I am eager to begin working with them, as well as with the dedicated staff, alumni, neighbors and friends of UC Santa Cruz, to continue the progress that has been made and to take on the exciting challenges that lie ahead.”
Denton holds four degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, including a Ph.D. As dean of engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, Denton directs an organization with 10 departments, 17 centers, 225 faculty members and an annual operating budget of $155 million.
"I am impressed by UCSC's tradition of pioneering, interdisciplinary research, and in particular the interesting new fields of research that are emerging from the intersection of disciplines," Denton said. "I look forward to supporting the faculty's innovative spirit and leading-edge work."
In May 2004, Denton was among nine scholars honored by the White House with a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, recognizing her role as a national leader in enhancing diversity in science and engineering. For more about her award: http://www.uwnews.org/article.asp?articleID=4279
At Wisconsin, she co-directed the National Institute for Science Education, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative to improve mathematics and science education from kindergarten through higher education. She also directed a program aimed at enhancing the quality of undergraduate instruction in manufacturing engineering and increasing the diversity of the undergraduate engineering population.
In addition, Denton chaired the executive committee of the Faculty Division of Physical Sciences at Wisconsin, which governs educational policy in a division of more than 530 faculty members.
Denton also has served as chair or member of numerous national committees and boards. She has received a number of teaching awards and was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000 and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2004.
Denton was born in El Campo, Texas. She lives with her partner of seven years, Gretchen Kalonji, Kyocera Professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Washington. In her spare time, Denton enjoys taking her two dogs to the beach, sea kayaking, and world travel.
Additional information about Denton and her role as engineering dean at UW is available at www.engr.washington.edu/dean/.
Photos and video clips of Denton are available at www.ucop.edu/news/archives/2004/dentonphotos.html.
The UC Board of Regents approved an annual salary of $275,000 for Denton, which represents a two percent increase over the position’s current salary of $269,500.
UC Santa Cruz has received increasingly national recognition for the quality of its research and teaching. Examples include:
Some examples of major national rankings include the following:
UC Santa Cruz currently enrolls more than 14,000 students, of whom approximately 1,300 are graduate students. It offers undergraduates a selection from among 61 majors, 31 minors and 56 concentrations in the fields of arts, engineering, humanities, physical and biological sciences, and social sciences. UC Santa Cruz graduate study is available in 32 academic fields, with students enrolled at the certificate, master's, and doctoral levels. For more about UC Santa Cruz, visit www.ucsc.edu
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