University of California President Robert C. Dynes has appointed Martin M. Chemers acting chancellor of UC Santa Cruz, pending approval of the UC Board of Regents.
The regents will vote on Chemers' appointment at their March 18 meeting. The appointment would be effective April 1, the same day UC Santa Cruz Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood will assume her new role as provost and senior vice president of the UC system.
A national search will be conducted to select UCSC's next chancellor, with a permanent appointment expected later this year.
"I was looking for another vital leader for UC Santa Cruz, and Martin Chemers fits perfectly," Dynes said of his interim appointee, who is provost and executive vice chancellor of the Santa Cruz campus. "He has a keen understanding of the aspirations and priorities of the campus, and he enjoys very effective relationships with the campus community. Along with extensive administrative experience and a stellar academic reputation, these attributes made him the best choice for this position."
"This is both a wonderful honor and a welcome responsibility," Chemers said of his appointment as acting chancellor. "I approach this job with great optimism for what we can accomplish together.
"The coming months present significant challenges for UC Santa Cruz," Chemers added. "We'll continue our process to grapple with the budget crisis in a way that will position us to seize opportunities when the economy turns around; we'll advance 'Planning for 2020,' the long range development plan process; and we'll continue to celebrate the achievements of our exceptional faculty and benefit from our generous supporters. We have to make every day count, as we continue -- and even accelerate -- our momentum."
Chemers, 60, plans to quickly establish the team that will assist him with academic and budgetary issues. "I feel fortunate to have available experienced individuals who can take on additional responsibilities during this important period," he said.
Chemers arrived at UC Santa Cruz in 1995 as dean of social sciences and a professor of psychology. During his tenure as dean, the College 9 and College 10 complex was completed, and with Chemers' leadership, was organized to integrate the themes of the colleges with the academic strengths of the social sciences division.
"I am delighted with this choice," noted Greenwood. "In his recent visit, President Dynes made special note of the talented senior leadership at UC Santa Cruz, and Martin Chemers is exemplary of that strength."
Anthropology professor and chair of the Santa Cruz division of the UC Academic Senate, Alison Galloway commented: "This is very much a relief to the campus. We have been impressed by his ability to move rapidly into the responsibilities of the executive vice chancellor and look forward to him assuming the role of chancellor. He has a well-earned reputation for being open, balanced and decisive -- just what we need in these difficult times."
A fellow of the American Psychological Association, a fellow of the American Psychological Society, and president-elect of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, Chemers received his B. S. (with honors) in 1964, his M.S. in 1966, and his Ph.D. in 1968, all from the University of Illinois.
A native of Chicago, Chemers is married to Barbara Goza Chemers. He has two sons and two grandsons. One son, Michael, is married to the former Farhana Basha; the other son, Holden, is a 1995 UCSC graduate, married to the former Misa Klyce, also a UCSC alumna.
As acting chancellor, Chemers will be paid $269,200 a year, the same salary Greenwood is earning as chancellor.
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