Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004
University of California Office of the President
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M.R.C. Greenwood, University of California provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, today (Oct. 13) was given the Award for Excellence in Education by the California chapter of the National Organization for Women.

Greenwood, the first woman to hold the position of UC provost, assumed office in April after serving eight years as chancellor of UC Santa Cruz. She is an internationally recognized expert in genetics and nutrition and a national leader in science and higher education policy.

California NOW's Award for Excellence in Education recognizes women role models in education. The award was presented at a Sacramento luncheon benefiting the California NOW Foundation, which funds public education projects on the status of women and girls in society and also funds scholarships for women in need of assistance to fund their education.

Under Greenwood's leadership at UC Santa Cruz, the campus increased the number of academic programs by 52 percent; created its first professional school, the Baskin School of Engineering; established two new residential colleges; more than doubled extramural research support; expanded total student enrollment by approximately 54 percent; hired 250 new faculty members; constructed nearly one million assignable square feet in academic buildings and housing; and raised more private donations than the previous total for the entire history of the campus.

As UC provost, Greenwood is working to maintain the quality and accessibility of the UC system while maximizing its contributions to California's economy, health and quality of life.

Today's five recipients of the California NOW award included four UC representatives. In addition to Greenwood, UC recipients included Bettina Aptheker, professor of women's studies at UC Santa Cruz; Yvette Flores-Ortiz, professor of Chicana/o studies at UC Davis; and Gyongy Laky, professor of textiles and clothing at UC Davis.

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