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Leading Administrator Named To UC Merced Post

February 13, 2001

MERCED, CA— Janet E. Young of the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been selected as Assistant Chancellor and Chief of Staff for the University of California, Merced, it was announced today by Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey.

Young is currently Chief of Staff at Los Alamos, which is managed by the University of California under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy. She will take up her new role at UC Merced this spring.

“We are delighted that Janet Young will join us at UC Merced,” said Chancellor Tomlinson-Keasey. “She possess exceptional experience in university management, with many years of service in the UC system, and she will make an immediate contribution to our operations.”

As Assistant Chancellor and Chief of Staff, Young will report to the Chancellor, and will be responsible for a broad range of duties related to fulfilling the goals of the UC Merced campus, working with the Chancellor and other senior campus officials on immediate operational, as well as, strategic issues.

“UC Merced will be an important addition to the Central Valley and the State. I am honored to be a part of the founding team to help build the 10th campus into a major research university. I also look forward to joining the Merced community,” said Young.

Young has worked in higher education for most of her professional career. Prior to her current position at Los Alamos National Laboratory, she served as Associate and Special Assistant to three Presidents of the UC system. In that capacity, from 1986 to 1998 she worked closely with former UC Presidents David Gardner and Jack Peltason, and with current President Richard Atkinson.

Prior to her service in the UC system, Young was employed as an administrator from 1977 through 1986 at the office of the Chancellor of the Oregon State System of Higher Education and at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon (formerly the University of Oregon Medical School).

Young holds a doctor of jurisprudence degree from Willamette University College of Law, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Oregon State University.

UC Merced currently employs almost 70 educators and professionals. The University's main campus in Merced is currently being planned, and is expected to open in fall 2004 to serve 1,000 students. The campus will grow over coming decades to serve 25,000 students, with approximately 6,000 faculty and staff. UC Merced contributes to educational access through the entire San Joaquin region via special educational and outreach centers in Fresno and Bakersfield. A new UC Merced center will open in Modesto next summer.