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UC Alumnus named UC Merced Chancellor

Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz assumed his role as UC Merced’s fourth chancellor on July 1, 2020, coming to UC from the University of Houston-Downtown, where he served as president since 2017. Having achieved his Bachelor's in Psychology at UC Santa Barbara and his doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at UCLA, Muñoz’s move to UC Merced is a return to his California upbringing and academic roots. 

During his first year as chancellor, Muñoz has set the university's course for the next decade with an ambitious strategic plan that focuses on growth, impact and equity and justice. Muñoz was named the recipient of the 2020 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award from the American Association for Access, Equity and Diversity for leadership on workers' rights and humanitarian issues, and in December 2020, Muñoz was appointed to the California Strategic Growth Council and currently serves with his wife, Dr. Zenaida Aguirre-Muñoz, as a council member for the Yosemite Conservancy.

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Chancellor's Priorities

Writing and Remarks

June 17, 2022

Observing Juneteenth

Re: Observing Juneteeth To: All campus June 16, 2022   Dear UC Merced community,   On Monday, June 20, the University of... Read More

May 27, 2022

Recent Acts of Violence

Re: Recent Acts of Violence To: All campus May 27, 2022   To the campus community:   This has been a month of tragedies across the nation. In... Read More


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