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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

January 17, 2023

Welcome Back

Re: Welcome Back To: All campus Jan. 17, 2023   Dear campus community,   Welcome back to UC Merced for the spring semester of 2023. We hope to see... Read More

January 13, 2023

Furthering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Re: Furthering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy To: All campus Jan. 13, 2023   Dear campus community,   On Monday we honor and celebrate... Read More


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Professor Findlater and graduate student Aneelman Brar.
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