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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

July 14, 2022

2022-2023 Budget Call Update

Re: 2022-2023 Budget Call Update To: Faculty and staff July 14, 2022   Colleagues,   In May, UC Merced completed its 2022-2023 budget call cycle.... Read More

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


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