president of the 10-campus UC system is Mark G. Yudof.
Robert J. Birgeneau
Robert J. Birgeneau became the ninth chancellor of UC Berkeley on Sept. 22, 2004. An internationally distinguished physicist, he is a leader in higher education and is well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in the academic community.
Before coming to Berkeley, Birgeneau served four years as president of the University of Toronto. He previously was dean of the School of Science at MIT, where he spent 25 years on the faculty. From 1968-75, he was at Bell Laboratories and subsequently joined the physics faculty at MIT.
A foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, he has received many awards for teaching and research, and is one of the most cited physicists in the world for his work on the fundamental properties of materials.
Birgeneau received his B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. in physics from Yale.
Linda P.B. Katehi
Linda Katehi became the sixth chancellor of UC Davis on Aug. 17, 2009. As chief executive officer, she oversees all aspects of the university’s teaching, research and public service mission.
Katehi (kah-TAY-hee) also holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies. A member of the National Academy of Engineering, she chairs the President’s Committee for the National Medal of Science and is chair of the Secretary of Commerce’s committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. She is a fellow and board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of many other national boards and committees.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977, and her master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering from UCLA in 1981 and 1984, respectively.
Michael V. Drake
Michael V. Drake, M.D., longtime UC faculty member and administrator and UC vice president for health affairs, was appointed chancellor of UC Irvine effective July 1, 2005.
UC Irvine's fifth chancellor, Drake has received numerous awards for teaching, public service, mentoring and research, including the UCSF School of Medicine's Clinical Teaching Award, and is the recipient of the Herbert W. Nickens, M.D., Award, one of the highest honors bestowed by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Drake is the current national president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and serves as a trustee of the Association of Academic Health Centers. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine in 1998.
He holds an M.D. from UC San Francisco, and two undergraduate degrees, an A.B. in African and African American studies from Stanford University and a B.S. in medical sciences from UCSF. He also holds certifications from the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Gene D. Block
An accomplished biologist and administrator, Gene D. Block was named chancellor of the UCLA campus, effective Aug. 1, 2007. Before coming to UCLA, Block served for nearly 30 years in several administrative roles at the University of Virginia, including vice president and provost for the past five years, vice president for research and public service, vice provost for research, founding director of the university's National Science Foundation Center for Biological Timing, and director of the Biodynamics Institute.
Block's major research interests are cellular physiology of biological clocks, and chronobiological aspects of aging. He has published extensively on matters concerning sleep-related biological research, and his inventions include a non-contact respiratory monitor for the prevention of sudden infant death syndrome and a speaking aid for movement restricted patients. A recipient of the National Science Foundation Pioneer Award, Block is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Society for Research on Biological Rhythms, and serves on the National Institute of Aerospace board of directors. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University , and master's and doctorate degrees from the University of Oregon.
Recognized nationally as a leader in higher education and for her skill as an institution builder, Dorothy Leland became the third chancellor of UC Merced on July 1, 2011.
Before joining UC Merced, Leland served as the 10th president of Georgia College. During her seven-year tenure, she greatly enhanced the college’s academic reputation and physical facilities while strengthening relations between the campus and surrounding community. Under her leadership, Georgia College earned a spot as one of Kiplinger’s Top 100 Public Colleges and a citation from US News and World Report as one of a handful of public universities with a strong commitment to teaching.
A native Californian, Leland grew up in the rural community of Fillmore and later graduated from Purdue University. She began her university teaching career as a visiting professor at various California universities. She later returned to her college alma mater as a member of the philosophy faculty and held a number of administrative roles. Leland also spent eight years at Florida Atlantic University, during which time she served as vice president and chief administrative officer at the Boca Raton campus.
While attending Purdue University, she earned an undergraduate degree in English, a master’s in American studies and a doctoral degree in philosophy.
Jane Close Conoley (interim)
Jane Close Conoley was appointed interim chancellor of UC Riverside by the UC Board of Regents in October 2012 after Chancellor Timothy White stepped down to become the chancellor of the California State University system.
Conoley will serve as interim chancellor of UC Riverside until a permanent chancellor is found. She then plans to return to her post as dean of the UC Santa Barbara Gevirtz School.
Conoley has been dean and professor of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara since January 2006. She has held teaching and administrative positions at institutions of higher education since 1975. She also has many years of experience at, and appreciation for, land-grant universities such as the University of California. A nationally recognized expert in educational issues, Conoley is a prolific author with more than 20 books to her credit.
Pradeep K. Khosla, a distinguished academic leader and electrical and computer engineer, began his tenure as UC San Diego’s eighth Chancellor on Aug. 1, 2012. At UC San Diego, he has initiated a comprehensive, all-inclusive strategic planning process to develop a vision and shared goals for the future of the campus. Khosla previously served as Dean of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. There, he set the strategic direction for undergraduate and graduate education and research, and was elected University Professor, the highest distinction a faculty member could achieve.
Khosla is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Society for Engineering Education. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Association for Advancement of Science, the American Association of Artificial Intelligence and the Indian Academy of Engineering. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Science. Khosla is also the recipient of numerous awards for his leadership, teaching, and research, including the 2012 Light of India Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the George Westinghouse Award for contributions to improve engineering teaching. In 2012, he was named as one of the 50 most influential Indian-Americans by SiliconIndia.
He received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon.
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Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., MPH, is chancellor of UC San Francisco. She assumed the post Aug. 3, 2009.
Desmond-Hellmann previously served as president of product development at Genentech, a position she held from March 2004 through April 30, 2009. She joined Genentech in 1995 as a clinical scientist, and she was named chief medical officer in 1996. In 1999, she was named executive vice president of development and product operations.
She completed her clinical training at UCSF and is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. She holds a bachelor of science degree in pre-medicine and a medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Berkeley.
Desmond-Hellmann also has served as associate adjunct professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UCSF. During her tenure at UCSF, she spent two years as visiting faculty at the Uganda Cancer Institute, studying HIV/AIDS and cancer. She also spent two years in private practice as a medical oncologist before returning to clinical research.
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UC Santa Barbara
Henry T. Yang
Yang was named UC Santa Barbara's fifth chancellor
in 1994. He is also a professor of mechanical
engineering at UCSB, specializing in aerospace
structures, structural dynamics, composite materials,
finite elements, transonic aeroelasticity, wind
and earthquake structural engineering, and manufacturing.
Before joining UCSB, Yang was the Neil A. Armstrong
Distinguished Professor of Aeronautical and
Astronautical Engineering at Purdue University,
where he also served as the dean of engineering
for ten years.
Yang holds a bachelor's degree from National
Taiwan University, a master's degree from West
Virginia University, and a doctorate from Cornell
University. He is a member of the National Academy
of Engineering and a Fellow of the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Yang continues to receive federal research
grants, guide graduate students, and teach undergraduate
courses at the Santa Barbara campus.
UC Santa Cruz
George Blumenthal, chancellor
George Blumenthal was named the 10th chancellor of UC Santa Cruz on Sept. 19, 2007. A UCSC professor of astronomy and astrophysics and a former chair of the UC systemwide Academic Senate, he had served as acting chancellor since July 2006.
A member of the UC Santa Cruz faculty since 1972, Blumenthal has chaired its astronomy and astrophysics department and the Santa Cruz Division of the Academic Senate. His areas of research include the nature of the dark matter which constitutes most of the mass in the universe, the origin of galaxies and other large structures in the universe, and the structure of active galactic nuclei such as quasars. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his Ph.D. in physics from UC San Diego. [photo: Paul Schraub Photography]