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Dec 12


Press Release: University Leaders Launch Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2017 Contact Press Release: University Leaders Launch Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration WASHINGTON,...

Nov 29


Tax bill is a nonstarter for higher ed


  The tax reform proposal making its way through Congress seems to ignore what most Americans now recognize as fact – higher education is both...

Sep 08


When I need inspiration, I turn to the 600 undocumented students attending UC Merced

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Nothing ever inspires me as much as walking around the UC Merced campus and talking to our students. When I’m feeling tired or discouraged, I can...

Sep 07


Congress must do its part

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  Open Forum on Immigration A young girl was brought to this country by parents who sought a better life, who instilled her with their work ethic,...

May 31


Even if Trump abandons Paris Agreement, we won’t stop fighting to save the planet

The scientific community agrees: Climate change is real, it is driven by human actions and it is getting worse. Californians understand this better than...

Apr 02


KSEE 24 Sunday Morning Matters: UC Merced 2020 Project

Growth model leads the way in creativity and innovation. UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland and City of Merced Mayor Mike Murphy appeared on the...

Mar 23


Creativity, collaboration key to addressing medical education


BY DOROTHY LELAND AND ADAM GRAY In 1988, the University of California Board of Regents approved the location of the 10th...

Feb 03


Why Trump should continue DACA

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Much has been said over the past several months about America and what it means to be an American. Here’s what I call an American: a...

Messages to Campus
May 24 2016

Search Update: Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Dear Campus Community, I am pleased to announce that Charles Nies can now drop the “interim” from his title as he begins his tenure as our next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.   In a competitive national search, Charles...
Apr 18 2016

Spring Campus Update

Dear Faculty and Staff:   With our second semester rapidly winding down and preparations already under way for our 11th Commencement, I’d like to take a moment to provide a brief update on what is proving to be a very productive year for...
Mar 24 2016

No Room for Hate

Dear campus community, This morning, the UC Board of Regents approved the “Principles Against Intolerance,” which affirm the UC’s allegiance to academic freedom and free speech but also strongly affirm that intolerance and hate have no...
Mar 17 2016

Development regarding November 4th incident

Dear campus community members, I want you to be the first to know the results of the FBI investigation into the tragic events that occurred on our beautiful campus on Nov. 4. I appreciate your patience and understanding as law enforcement completed...
Feb 12 2016

Visioning Summit

Dear colleagues:   Since its founding, UC Merced has been constantly evolving.   Yet for many, the pace of change in recent years feels particularly accelerated. From Strategic Academic Focusing and the planned physical build-out by...
Feb 11 2016

LAO report on 2020 Project

Dear colleagues,   You may have heard about a report issued yesterday by the state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office that raises some questions about our 2020 Project and other University of California matters.   Among other...
Dec 14 2015

A message from Chancellor Leland

Dear colleagues,   As we head into the holiday season and winter break, I want to extend my deepest appreciation for your continued dedication to UC Merced.   This year, we continued to make a difference in students' lives,...
Nov 19 2015

Video message: Historic campus milestone

Dear students, faculty and staff: I invite you to watch my video message to campus about today’s historic development in our campus history: the UC Board of Regents’ approval of all essential provisions of the 2020 Project. As...
Nov 18 2015

Regents' action today on 2020 Project

Dear students, faculty and staff: I am very pleased to report major progress in our efforts to secure approval from the UC Board of Regents for the 2020 Project, our proposal to double the size of campus facilities by 2020. Today, two key...
Nov 10 2015

An update from Chancellor Leland

Dear Campus Community/UC Merced families, I am writing to share the latest developments in the investigation that were released today by the FBI and the steps that our community is taking to recover and heal. Our campus responded to the events...
Nov 07 2015

A message from Chancellor Leland

Dear campus community:   Yesterday, I sent out the message reminding members of our campus community that resources are available to help students, staff and faculty cope with recent events on campus. Throughout the weekend, counselors continue...
Nov 06 2015

Our campus community

Dear students, faculty and staff, As many of you now know, additional information emerged last night from the Merced County Sheriff’s Office that suggests possible motivations for the tragic events that rattled our campus on Wednesday. This...
Nov 04 2015

A message from Chancellor Leland

Dear members of the campus community,   This is not a message any chancellor wants to deliver. But sadly, today’s events have shaken all of us. Incidents like this may happen at other places, but not at UC Merced. But it has. As shocking...
Oct 30 2015

A Campus Update from Chancellor Leland

Dear colleagues, This fall, we held for the first time faculty and staff convocations at the opening of the academic year. During these events, I had the opportunity to discuss some “big picture” issues with you and to look back at some of...
Aug 31 2015

Welcome to UC Merced’s 11th Academic Year

Dear faculty and staff, Welcome to a new academic year, one in which we celebrate the university’s many accomplishments while also sharpening our focus on what lies ahead. Ten years ago—on Sept. 5, 2005—UC Merced opened its doors with...
Remarks and Addresses
May 16 2016

Wrapping up the Semester

Dear colleagues, We were blessed with glorious weather for our Saturday and Sunday commencement ceremonies, and I want to thank everyone who helped to make the occasion so memorable for our graduates and their families. Now that commencement ceremonies...
Sep 05 2015

Op-Ed: Bringing UC to Merced was the right, best choice

The Modesto Bee Dorothy Leland: Bringing UC to Merced was the right, best choice By Dorothy Leland If you visit the University of California’s newest campus, opened just a decade ago in Merced, you will see cows grazing in nearby fields –...
Apr 15 2016

Chief of Staff Named

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Ed Klotzbier will join UC Merced in June as Chief of Staff and Associate Chancellor. This is a new position, but with no new budget, created through attrition and restructuring in the Office of the...
Nov 05 2015

An update from Chancellor Leland, info on campus opening

Dear campus community: I want to provide a quick update this morning on yesterday’s stabbing incident that injured four people and resulted in the death of the alleged student assailant. Thankfully, all four injured parties, including two...
Jan 19 2016

Our Commitments to Free Inquiry and Debate

Dear members of the campus community,   As your Chancellor and Provost, we are proud of the culture of tolerance and respect that defines UC Merced. We are equally proud to be part of a university culture committed to fostering an academic...
Nov 05 2015

Statement From Chancellor Leland on Yesterday’s Incident

UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland issued the following message to the campus community in the wake of yesterday’s stabbing incident on the UC Merced campus: “We are in the preliminary stages of our inquiry, but based on the evidence...
Aug 26 2015

Response to Hechinger Report Article

  Dear Hechinger Report editor, Matt Krupnick’s recent article about UC Merced’s development since opening in 2005 (“ A new university whose debut probably could not have come at a worse time ,” August 24) correctly...