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Chancellor Search Timeline

September to October: Learning and Listening

  • Campus Day
  • Stakeholder townhalls
  • Written input accepted
  • Advisory committee discussions

October to November: Define

  • Define and finalize chancellor position
  • Develop candidate criteria and outreach strategy

October to January: Building Candidate Pool

  • Implicit bias training for advisory committee
  • President Napolitano requests nominations from UC and peer university leaders
  • Advertise position
  • Solicit nominations from UC Merced community
  • Executive candidate outreach strategy
  • Additional research by search firm to identify candidates

November to February: Winnowing

  • Faculty subcommittee reviews prospective candidates
  • Full advisory committee reviews prospective candidates
  • Determination of candidate interest
  • Full advisory committee identifies semi-finalists

March to May: Selection

  • Full advisory committee interviews semi-finalists
  • Full advisory committee recommends finalists to President Napolitano
  • President Napolitano interviews finalists
  • President Napolitano and staff perform background and reference checks
  • President Napolitano recommends her choice to the UC Board of Regents
  • Regents vote on chancellor nominee

Public input is encouraged throughout the search process. Comments may be submitted via email to