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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

September 16, 2022

Welcome New Vice Chancellor of Research, Dr. Gillian Wilson

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September 15, 2022

Approval of Organized Research Unit Status for Community and Labor Center

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September 21, 2022

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The 14th Dalai Lama is seen in a file photo.
September 20, 2022

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A graphic depicts “Boldly Forward: The Campaign for UC Merced.”
September 14, 2022

The University of California, Merced, announced today (Sept. 14) the launch of the public phase of its first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The institution has set an ambitious goal of raising $...

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