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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

March 1, 2023

Another Record Applicant Pool for Fall 2023

To: All campus Re: Another Record Applicant Pool for Fall 2023 March 1, 2023   Dear campus community,   Once again, a record number of potential... Read More

February 10, 2023

Recent Honors Are Wins for STEM

To: All campus Re: Recent Honors Are Wins for STEM Feb. 10, 2023   Dear campus community,   The news that Professor Asmeret Berhe — on leave... Read More


Students from Universidad Autónoma Chapingo in Texcoco, Mexico, visited UC Merced in March.
March 21, 2023
More than 100 undergraduate students and faculty members from Universidad Autónoma Chapingo visited the UC Merced campus on March 1 to learn about research programs and graduate studies.
Female UC Merced researchers take home impressive awards already this year.
March 14, 2023

During Women’s History Month, we celebrate and reflect upon the achievements of women at UC Merced and beyond. 2023 is already shaping up to be a stellar year for female faculty members on campus. In...

Professor Peggy O'Day
March 8, 2023

At UC Merced, mercury is a regional challenge that student and faculty researchers have been tackling for several years. Mercury was used to extract gold during the Gold Rush in California, and the...

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