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UC Merced Chancellor, Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz

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

October 20, 2023

Chancellor Muñoz Discusses Education Reform on the Rising Together Podcast

Rising Together: UC MERCED CHANCELLOR JUAN SÁNCHEZ MUÑOZ ON LIFTING THROUGH EDUCATION (Part One and Two) Join Dr. Lisa Andrews as she speaks with Chancellor Muñoz... Read More

October 11, 2023

Recent Acts of Violence

Re: Recent Acts of Violence To: All campus To the UC Merced campus, UC Merced is built on principles of respect and community. The test of principles is that we... Read More


December 1, 2023

  Ahead of UC Merced's 2023 Fall Commencement, the ceremony keynote speakers have been selected. Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, will speak at the undergraduate...

Almond orchard
November 29, 2023

As a result of climate change, the Golden State's farms are expected to face a surge in agricultural pests, which poses a threat to California's specialty crops industry. Populations of three major...

UC Merced Professor Wan Du
November 28, 2023

UC Merced Professor Wan Du has received a CAREER award for his research on energy efficient building management. He is the 36th researcher from UC Merced to earn a CAREER award from the National...

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