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Interim UC Merced Chancellor Nathan Brostrom Annual Address



I am proud and honored to report: the state of UC Merced is excellent.

Ladies and gentlemen, members of the board of trustees and members of our community, friends of the University of California Merced, students, faculty and staff —

I would like to begin on a personal note as I mark three months as your interim Chancellor.

It has been a distinct and humbling honor to be welcomed into this amazing Merced community.

As I think through my feelings, I am reminded of a passage by the great American poet Walt Whitman, who was born 200 years ago this year.

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It’s a pleasure to be with you today.

I have only been in my position as Chancellor of the University of California Merced, the UC’s youngest campus for three months. However, I am proud to have worked alongside my predecessor Chancellor Dorothy Leland over the past five years to advance UC Merced’s remarkable growth – and to share an update on what has been accomplished so far.


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