Advisory committee named for UCLA chancellor search

University of California President Michael V. Drake, M.D., has announced the formation of a search advisory committee of university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives to help in the international search for a new chancellor to lead the UCLA campus. Regent Richard Leib, Chair of the Board of Regents, appointed five Regents to serve on the committee.

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced in August that he plans to retire at the end of the 2023-24 academic year.

The search advisory committee includes:

  • Michael V. Drake, M.D., UC President (Committee Chair)

  • Richard Leib, Chair, UC Board of Regents 

  • Gareth Elliott, UC Regent

  • Ana Matosantos, UC Regent

  • Janet Reilly, UC Regent

  • Richard Sherman, UC Regent

  • Jonathan Sures, UC Regent

  • James Steintrager, Chair, Systemwide Academic Senate and Professor of English, Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies, UC Irvine

  • Linda Demer, Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Bioengineering, UCLA

  • Andrea Ghez, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, UCLA

  • Angela Riley, Professor of Law and American Indian Studies, UCLA 

  • Thomas Chi, Professor of Urology, UC San Francisco 

  • Alicia MiƱana de Lovelace, Board Chair, UCLA Foundation

  • Ann Wang, President, UCLA Alumni Association

  • Ana Esquivel, Staff Representative, UCLA

  • Naomi Hammonds, President, UCLA Undergraduate Students Association

  • Noor Nakhaei, President, UCLA Graduate Student Association

The search 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 President Drake for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents for approval, tentatively by May 2024.

The committee's first meeting will be held Nov. 7 on the UCLA campus, where members and invited guests will gather in a closed session. The forum will include remarks by President Drake, followed by separate sessions with various campus constituency groups. The president and committee members will also participate in a luncheon with alumni, donors, and foundation leaders.

Virtual Town Hall Listening Sessions open to the UCLA community are scheduled for Nov. 8. The sessions will focus on the needs and interests of UCLA constituencies: faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni.

In addition to presentations by constituency representatives who will meet with the committee, and the townhall listening sessions, public input is encouraged throughout the search process. Comments may be submitted via email to or online survey.

The executive search firm SP&A Executive Search will assist in the process. Submission of nominations and application materials may be sent via email to