UC President Appoints Roderic Park Acting Chancellor of UC Merced

Acting on the recommendation of President Robert C. Dynes, the University of California Board of Regents today (September 21) confirmed the appointment of Roderic B. Park as acting chancellor of UC Merced, effective immediately.

Park, a veteran academic administrator who has served as the vice chancellor at UC Berkeley, interim chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder and senior associate to the chancellor at UC Merced, will assume on an interim basis the responsibilities of former Chancellor Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, who stepped down August 31 to return to scholarship and teaching.

A national search for Tomlinson-Keasey's permanent successor is underway.

"I am delighted that Rod Park has agreed to bring his considerable talents to the challenge of continuing the powerful momentum at UC Merced that Carol Tomlinson-Keasey inspired," Dynes said. "Rod is a tremendously skilled and seasoned academic leader, and he brings to this position a rich knowledge of UC Merced and its development. I know he will work effectively with Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Keith Alley and the rest of the UC Merced community to continue moving the campus forward during this interim period."

Park, 74, is professor emeritus of plant biology and the vice chancellor emeritus at UC Berkeley, where he joined the faculty in 1960 as an assistant professor of botany. He served as provost and dean of the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley from 1972 to 1980 and as a vice chancellor of the campus from 1980 to 1990. Park was appointed interim chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1994, a position he held until 1997.

"It is a privilege to be associated with the energy and commitment of the students and faculty at UC Merced as they continue building this new campus," Park said. "The opportunities are enormous, and I share the excitement of the campus community."

From 2000 to 2001, Park worked to help establish the UC Merced campus by serving as senior associate for academic development. In that role, he worked with the chancellor on the early academic planning and recruitment of senior administrators for the campus.

Park holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1990.

Currently retired from the university, Park operates a vineyard in Sonoma County and continues research in plant physiology and molecular biology, his fields of academic expertise. He also contributes to the university as a member of the Board of Visitors and Fellows of the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, serving as a UC ambassador to the wine industry.

In recognition of these other responsibilities, Park will serve as acting chancellor at 80 percent time, receiving 80 percent of an annualized salary of $250,000, or $200,000 per year. In addition to salary, Park will receive standard pension and health benefits in accordance with UC policy. He also will be entitled to an annual administrative fund allocation for official entertainment and other purposes permitted by university policy and procedures. Because Park's permanent residence is in Sonoma County, approximately five hours' drive from Merced, he will be allowed to live in the chancellor's residence in Merced during his service as acting chancellor, as an exception to university policy. Because Park is coming out of retirement to accept the post, his current UC pension will be suspended while he is serving as acting chancellor.

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A photo of Park is available at: http://chancellor.ucmerced.edu/

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