The California Board of Regents has approved the selection of Gary May as the seventh chancellor of the University of California Davis. He will begin his term as president on August 1.
The University of California, Davis enrolls more than 28,000 undergraduate students and nearly 7,000 graduate students. African Americans make up just 2 percent of the undergraduate student body.
Dr. May currently serves as dean of the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. He was appointed to this post in July 2011. He also is a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. He joined the faculty at Georgia Tech in 1991.
In accepting the post of chancellor at the University of California, Davis, Dr. May said, “I hope that during my tenure as chancellor at Davis we come to accept some of the daily habits, the precepts that I try to apply in my own life, and that’s that every day I want to learn something, I want to help somebody and I want to make the world better — and I hope that’s what we’ll do at Davis.”
A native of St. Louis, Professor May is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he majored in electrical engineering. He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.