Arthur Ellis

Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies

Dr. Arthur EllisDr. Arthur Ellis joined the UC Office of the President as Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies on August 10, 2016.

Prior to serving in this position, Dr. Ellis was provost at City University of Hong Kong from 2010 to 2016. As provost, he led the university's effort to build a curriculum around the goal of giving all students the opportunity to make original discoveries in their fields of study.

Dr. Ellis was vice chancellor for research at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) from 2006 to 2010. At UCSD, he and his colleagues established a new research office to enhance the campus’s infrastructure for research, promote interdisciplinary scholarship, and create global research partnerships. Dr. Ellis also helped launch campus-wide initiatives in sustainability, stem cell research and research cyber-infrastructure.

Dr. Ellis was director of the Division of Chemistry at the National Science Foundation (NSF) from 2002 to 2006. While at NSF, he and his colleagues developed programs to enable the national chemistry community to better integrate education and research, pursue large-scale research projects, enhance diversity and advance bilateral international collaborations.

After receiving his Ph.D. and B.S. degrees in chemistry from MIT and Caltech, respectively, Dr. Ellis began his independent scholarly career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was Meloche-Bascom Professor of Chemistry at UW-Madison and, with his co-workers, published approximately 200 research papers in leading scientific journals and obtained nine patents. Dr. Ellis received one of the inaugural NSF Director’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar Awards, an NSF Director’s Meritorious Service Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.