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Interim Chancellor Nathan Brostrom

Interim Chancellor Nathan Brostrom of UC Merced

Nathan Brostrom began serving as interim chancellor of UC Merced on Aug. 15, 2019.

He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the University of California. In that position, he oversaw all aspects of financial management for the UC system, which includes 10 UC campuses, five academic medical centers and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His areas of responsibility included asset management, debt management, the systemwide operating budget, capital finance and planning, risk services, procurement and financial accounting. The UC system educates nearly 280,000 students and has an annual budget of over $36 billion.

Brostrom is closely acquainted with UC Merced and its community, having worked closely with Chancellor Emerita Dorothy Leland as the UC Office of the President co-sponsor of the Merced 2020 Project.

Before becoming systemwide CFO in 2014, Brostrom served as Executive Vice President for Business Operations, after spending three years as Vice Chancellor for Administration at UC Berkeley. Before coming to UC Berkeley in 2006, Mr. Brostrom spent 10 years as Managing Director and Manager of the Western Region Public Finance group for JPMorgan, where he worked on financings totaling more than $100 billion for municipal clients throughout the western United States.

He serves on the boards for the Keck Telescope and the Thirty Meter Telescope, and has led two systemwide reviews of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is also a board member of Fiat Lux and Futures Without Violence, a national and global group that works to reduce domestic abuse and violence against women and children. He has been with the UC system since 2006.

Brostrom graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University and holds a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

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In its 2020 report, U.S. News ranks UC Merced at No. 1 in the United States for outperforming expected graduation rates — that is, for taking students from where they are to where they need to be to earn a college degree.