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Remarks and Writings

March 13, 2023
Re: Search for Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer To: All campus   Dear Campus Community,   After an unsuccessful executive search in 2021, the university in now ready to resume the search for a permanent Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer (VC CFO).   Among other responsibilities, the Vice... Read More
March 1, 2023
To: All campus Re: Another Record Applicant Pool for Fall 2023   Dear campus community,   Once again, a record number of potential first-year students — more than 26,000 — have applied to join the UC Merced community in fall 2023, with nearly 3,900 seeking to join us as transfer students.   Some... Read More
February 10, 2023
To: All campus Re: Recent Honors Are Wins for STEM   Dear campus community,   The news that Professor Asmeret Berhe — on leave from UC Merced to oversee the Office of Science in the US Department of Energy — has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) is well worth celebrating. Dr. Berhe is a... Read More
February 3, 2023
Re: Celebrating Black Excellence To: All campus   This month we celebrate and lift up those whose stories have all too often been overlooked.   At UC Merced, we are particularly grateful to our Black leaders, pioneers and colleagues whose efforts have shaped this university and its trajectory. Black faculty continue to... Read More
January 28, 2023
Re: Tyre Nichols To: All campus Jan. 28, 2023 This weekend we process the senseless and brutal treatment of yet another young Black man by officers sworn to protect and serve their citizens; this senseless act coming on the heels of violent and tragic events in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay. And we wonder: how have we arrived at a... Read More
January 17, 2023
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 great things happen on campus in coming months, such as the rollout of new public art and a groundbreaking for our long-awaited medical education building. Our new women... Read More
January 13, 2023
Re: Furthering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy To: All campus Jan. 13, 2023   Dear campus community,   On Monday we honor and celebrate the enduring legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a national holiday, one in which civic engagement and voluntarism are encouraged. The City of Merced and UC Merced... Read More
January 3, 2023
Re: Dugan Named VC/Chief Information Officer Jan. 3, 2023   To the UC Merced community,   I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Nick Dugan the university’s first Vice Chancellor and Chief Information Officer. Nick has served as interim Chief Information Officer since February.   He began at UC... Read More
December 14, 2022
Dear Campus Community, As we approach our annual holiday break, a period we hope can offer rest and renewal, I want to remind you of the extraordinary year we have had at UC Merced — the 20th anniversary year of our groundbreaking: Another record high first-year class joining our community. The launch of our Boldly... Read More
November 17, 2022
Re: A New Designation for UC Merced To: All campus Nov. 17, 2022   To the campus community,   UC Merced has been named an Agricultural Experiment Station by the University of California — the first time in more than half a century that a campus has been so designated.   This new designation by President... Read More