University of California President Janet Napolitano today (Oct. 26) announced the formation of an advisory committee of university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives to help in the international search for a new chancellor to lead UC Santa Cruz. Board of Regents Chair George Kieffer also appointed five regents to serve on the committee.

UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal, who announced in September that he planned to retire at the end of the current academic year, will continue in the role until a new chancellor is appointed.

The members of the search advisory committee for the UC Santa Cruz chancellor include:

  • Janet Napolitano, UC president
  • George Kieffer, UC Board of Regents chair
  • Darin Anderson, Devon Graves, Richard Leib, Lark Park and Charlene Zettel, UC regents
  • Robert May, UC Academic Senate chair
  • Don Brenneis, professor of anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
  • Carl Walsh, professor of economics, UC Santa Cruz
  • Abel Rodríguez, professor of statistics and associate dean for Graduate Affairs at the Baskin School of Engineering, UC Santa Cruz
  • Janice Reiff, professor of history, statistics and digital humanities and special assistant to the executive vice chancellor for Online Teaching & Learning, UCLA
  • Ayo Banjo, undergraduate student and president, UC Santa Cruz Student Union Assembly
  • Katie Hellier, vice president of shared governance, UCSC Graduate Student Association, and Ph.D. candidate
  • Paul Simpson, past member, UC Santa Cruz Alumni Council
  • Fiona Weigant, manager, Education Department, and chair, UC Santa Cruz staff advisory committee
  • Kamil Hasan, vice chair, UC Santa Cruz Foundation

The committee's initial meeting will be held November 16 on the UC Santa Cruz campus, where members and invited guests will gather in a closed session. The forum will include remarks by Napolitano, followed by separate sessions with various campus constituency groups. The president and committee members also will participate in a luncheon with alumni, donors and community leaders.

The advisory committee will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee's work will be scheduled so that candidates can be presented to Napolitano for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents for approval, tentatively by May 2019.

In addition to presentations by those constituency representatives who will meet with the committee, public input is encouraged throughout the search process. Comments may be submitted via email to

The executive search firm Isaacson, Miller will assist in the process. Submission of nominations and application materials may be sent via email to

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