University of California President Janet Napolitano formed an advisory committee of university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives to help in the international search for a new chancellor to lead UC Davis. Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano also appointed five regents to serve.
Ralph Hexter, the campus provost who has served as acting chancellor since April will continue as interim chancellor until the permanent chancellor begins.
The members of the search advisory committee for the UC Davis chancellor included:
UC President Janet Napolitano
UC Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano
UC Regents Bonnie Reiss, George Kieffer, Charlene Zettel, Marcela Ramirez and Harvey Brody
Shane White, vice chair of the systemwide Academic Senate leadership
UC Davis faculty representatives Diana Farmer, professor and chair, Department of Surgery; Rachael Goodhue, professor and chair, Agricultural and Resource Economics and chair of the Davis Academic Senate; Ari Kelman, professor, History
Oscar Dubon, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory faculty scientist serving as associate dean for equity and inclusion and student affairs in the College of Engineering
Elly Oltersdorf, undergraduate student and 2015-16 co-chair, Student Council on Campus Climate
Brian Riley, the 2010-11 chair of the UC Davis Graduate Student Association (GSA) and currently a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Davis School of Education
Debby Stegura, president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association
Jessica Potts, chief administrative officer in the Department of Chemistry and past chair of the UC Davis Staff Assembly
Mike Child, immediate past president of the UC Davis Foundation
The advisory committee was involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee's work was scheduled so that candidates could be presented to President Napolitano for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents, by early winter.
In addition to presentations by those constituency representatives who met with the committee, public comments were encouraged throughout the search process.