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Welcome to Chancellor Search

UC Seeks New Chancellor for Merced

The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of California, Merced, and is responsible to the President. Within the scope of University policy, the Chancellor exercises broad authority over and is responsible for all aspects of campus administration. 

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Input Welcome

All members of the UC Merced community are invited to share their perspectives about the next chancellor for UC Merced. Comments submitted via an online survey form will be shared with the advisory committee. The form allows for anonymous submissions.

All members of the community and other members of the public may also email the hiring firm at All comments, issues, concerns and suggestions received through this process will be reviewed and shared with the advisory committee as appropriate.

Search Advisory Committee

The advisory committee will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates. The committee's work will be scheduled so that candidates can be presented to President Janet Napolitano for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the UC Board of Regents for approval, tentatively by May 2020. The members of the advisory committee are:

  • Janet Napolitano, UC president
  • John A. Pérez, UC Board of Regents chair
  • Cecilia Estolano, UC Board of Regents vice chair
  • Michael Cohen, UC regent
  • Eleni Kounalakis, UC regent
  • Richard Leib, UC regent
  • Hayley Weddle, UC student regent
  • Kum-Kum Bhavnani, incoming chair of the systemwide Academic Senate
  • Jennifer Manilay, professor of molecular and cell biology, UC Merced
  • Thomas Hansford, professor of political science, UC Merced
  • Valerie Leppert, professor of materials science and engineering, UC Merced
  • Charles Smith, professor of political science, UC Irvine
  • Brooklynn Pham, alumni representative
  • Monya Lane, foundation representative
  • Priya Lakireddy, president, UC Merced Staff Assembly
  • Erik Flores, president of the Associated Students of UC Merced
  • Larisa Gavrilova, UC Merced Graduate Student Association


Members of the public who wish to nominate candidates for consideration can email or complete the search firm's online survey.

Save the Date

On Oct. 2, the search advisory committee will host a series of town hall sessions at the university's California Room on campus at the following times:

  • 9 to 10 a.m. — Faculty
  • 11 a.m. to noon — Staff
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. — Students (graduate and undergraduate)
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Students (graduate and undergraduate)

These sessions will be livestreamed and recorded for later viewing. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend any session that suits their schedule, even if not at the designated time for their stakeholder group.

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