University of California, Santa Cruz


Santa Cruz, California

The University of California invites nominations and applications for the position of Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz.

The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of California, Santa Cruz, 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.

Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz is the seventh of the ten UC campuses, has a tradition of excellence in teaching, research, public service, and student achievement. The faculty currently includes 10 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 22 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and 34 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The National Research Council placed the campus first in the nation for the publication impact of its computer engineering Ph.D. program. In 2017 Times Higher Education World University rankings, UC Santa Cruz was rated third for research influence as measured by the number of times its faculty’s published work is cited by scholars around the world.

Boosted by its success in helping students achieve social mobility, UC Santa Cruz recently jumped to among the top 30 public national universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. UC Santa Cruz came in at No. 26 in 2018.

UC Santa Cruz is home to the Institute of Marine Sciences and the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics, headquarters to the University of California Observatories/Lick Observatory, and sponsors two of the California Institutes for Science and Innovation: the Institute for Quantitative Biomedical research and the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. It is a managing partner of the world’s second-largest ground-based optical telescopes at the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii.

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz were the first to assemble a working draft of the human genome and make it available worldwide.

UC Santa Cruz has approximately 600 Senate Faculty, 2,800 staff, and an enrollment of more than 18,000 students. Undergraduate students pursue 65 different majors. Graduate students work towards graduate certificates, master’s degrees or doctoral degrees in 41 academic programs.

The Silicon Valley Campus located in Santa Clara, CA is a multidisciplinary teaching and research hub that is home to a master’s degree program in games and playable media, engineering faculty, the new office of industry alliances and technology commercialization, SVlink incubator-accelerator program, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, and UC Scout.

The next Chancellor will be joining UC Santa Cruz at a pivotal moment in the institution’s trajectory as the campus thinks about its next phase of strategic planning — informed by the 2018 Strategic Academic Plan and the 2020 Long Range Development Plan. The university will look to the Chancellor for leadership and vision to secure the university’s future, building upon a solid foundation and with an eye toward expanded excellence and influence.

Qualified candidates should have demonstrated leadership skills in a large, multifaceted organization and have a deep knowledge and appreciation for a rigorous academic and research environment. The ideal candidate must have an astute understanding of higher education trends, particularly as they relate to public institutions, and possess a strong commitment to teaching, research, service, and scholarship. This individual should have a record of openness and meaningful inclusion in decision making processes, and the capacity to raise philanthropic funds as well as secure tuition, government, and foundation support. Consistent with UC Santa Cruz’s values, this person must have a resounding civic and community orientation and a demonstrated commitment to and track record of advancing diversity and inclusion for students, faculty, and staff.

Reviews of candidate materials will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. For best consideration, please submit materials by January 25, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of California has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this search. Confidential inquiries, nominations, referrals and resumes with cover letter should be sent in confidence to:  

David Bellshaw, Emily Chiswick-Patterson, and Brett Barbour

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: