The University of California — President

The University of California, the nation’s preeminent public research university, seeks an exceptional and visionary leader to be its 21st Systemwide President. The President will provide leadership for the University’s ten campuses, five medical centers, three affiliated national laboratories, and statewide agriculture and natural resources program.

The University of California
The University of California opened its doors in 1869 with just 10 faculty members and 38 students. Today, UC is home to more than 280,000 students, over 180,000 faculty and staff, and 2 million alumni living and working around the world. UC is comprised of 10 campuses (UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz), five medical centers (UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco), and three affiliated national laboratories (Lawrence Berkeley, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos). 

UC campuses are routinely ranked among the best in the world, but their reach extends beyond campus borders. UC’s faculty are the drivers behind innovations in fields such as biotechnology, computer science, art and architecture — and they bring that knowledge and that greatness directly to the classroom. Thousands of California jobs, billions of dollars in revenues, and countless everyday household items — from more plentiful fruits and vegetables to compact fluorescent light bulbs — can be traced back to UC discoveries. Similarly, many of the state’s leading businesses are based on UC technology, founded by UC faculty or led by UC graduates.

From all backgrounds, ethnicities and incomes, UC attracts the best and brightest. UC undergraduate and graduate students come from across the nation and the world and comprise one of the most diverse student bodies in the country. Nearly 37 percent of UC students come from low-income families. For more information about the University of California, please visit https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

The UC Office of the President
The UC Office of the President (UCOP) is located in Oakland, CA and serves as the headquarters for UC. UCOP coordinates policy and activities that enable a complex and unique system to operate efficiently as one university, furthering its public interest, academic, and research missions, allowing campuses to capture the savings and efficiencies that come from centralized operations, which includes overseeing the UC system’s annual $36.5 billion operating budget, as well as over $133 billion in investments for various endowment and pension funds. UCOP supports the University’s tripartite mission of teaching, research, and public service and serves its campuses and students as the University’s central hub for maintaining the University’s business operations and finances through the management of systemwide funding and programs.

UCOP also oversees the five public medical centers that serve one million patients each year. The medical centers also provide significant unreimbursed care — $440 million systemwide last year. UC operates the largest health sciences training program in the nation and educates nearly half of all medical students in California. The UC Merced San Joaquin Valley PRIME initiative increases diversity in the medical profession and helps remedy the uneven distribution of physicians in California. 

Through its divisions and programs, the UC Office of the President supports all students, faculty, and staff across the System. Services offered by UCOP are organized into 11 divisions, some of which also report directly to the Board of Regents. They are:

  • Academic Affairs
  • Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Investment Officer
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Ethics, Compliance and Audit Services
  • External Relations and Communications
  • General Counsel
  • Systemwide Title IX Office
  • UC Health
  • UC National Laboratories

For more information about UCOP, please visit https://www.ucop.edu/. 

Governance
The President reports directly to the UC Board of Regents and works with the Academic Senate following the shared governance model.

Board of Regents
The University of California is governed by a 26-member Board of Regents that exercises approval over university policies, financial affairs, and tuition and fees. The Board’s membership consists of:

  • 18 Regents appointed by the Governor of the state of California for 12-year terms.
  • One student Regent appointed by the Regents to a one-year term.
  • Seven ex-officio members — the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the Assembly, Superintendent of Public Instruction, President and Vice President of the Alumni Associations of UC and the UC President.
  • In addition, there are two faculty Representatives — the Chair and Vice Chair of the Academic Council — who are non-voting members of the Board.

For more information regarding UC’s Board of Regents, please visit https://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

Systemwide Academic Senate
The Systemwide Academic Senate represents university faculty and is empowered by UC’s Board of Regents to exercise direct control over academic matters of central importance to the University – to determine academic policy, set conditions for admission and the granting of degrees, authorize and supervise courses and curricula; and to advise the administration on faculty appointments, promotions and budgets.

The Systemwide Academic Senate and the ten Divisional (campus) Senates provide the organizational framework that enables the faculty to exercise its right to participate in the University’s governance. The faculty voice is formed through a deliberative process that includes the Standing Committees of the Senate, the Academic Council (the Executive Committee of the Systemwide Senate), the Assembly of the Academic Senate (the Legislative body of the Senate), and their Divisional counterparts. Consultation with the senior administration occurs in a parallel structure: at the systemwide level between the Academic Council Chair and the President; and on the campus level between the Divisional Senate Chairs and the Chancellors. For more information regarding UC’s Academic Senate, please visit https://senate.universityofcalifornia.edu/.

Criteria for the Selection of the President of the University
The University of California Board of Regents seeks an inspiring, visionary and collaborative leader who can influence others to achieve common goals by engaging and developing robust relationships with stakeholders and maintaining a visible and active presence on campuses and throughout California. The next President will demonstrate a genuine passion and recognition of students and their centrality to the University’s mission and a dedication to the University of California’s commitment to educational access and student success.  Additionally, the President will exhibit the following qualities and characteristics:

  • Knowledge of the academic enterprise. Possesses understanding of and appreciation for the University, its distinctive culture of shared governance, its teaching, research and public service mission, and the context of the student body.
  • Demonstrated track record of advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion and a commitment to building a University that serves the diverse population of the state of California.
  • An inspirational leader with passion and the ability to effectively communicate the value of the University to the State and inspiring stakeholders to be committed to sustaining the University’s excellence. 
  • An innovator who can articulate a strategic vision for the University’s future and whose credibility with university constituents facilitates strategic planning and sound decision making. 
  • Experience serving as the chief advocate for excellence and innovation within their organization and a track record of success in elevating its profile and national and international standing.
  • A proven history of developing high-performing teams and cultivating environments with a shared sense of mission and culture that encourage entrepreneurism, innovation, and collaboration.
  • Ability to successfully advocate for public funding and secure the financial resources from both private and public sources necessary to sustain and grow the University and ensure that an accessible and affordable education is available to qualified California students.
  • Experience leading large, complex institutions, in either academia, industry, government or the public non-profit sector. 
  • Experience working with large Boards as a thought partner and innovator, while respecting the fiduciary responsibility of the Board for the institution.
  • Ability to lead systemwide innovation and problem-solving, leveraging the size of the University, while appreciating and respecting the unique histories, challenges and opportunities of each campus and UC location.
  • The capacity to assume a position of significant stature within the State of California, nationally, and globally as a thought leader in higher education and in addressing the grand challenges impacting society and humankind.

A complete list of Board approved Criteria for the Selection of the President of the University can be found at https://presidentialsearch.universityofcalifornia.edu/. Although a terminal degree and exceptional academic administrative experience are preferred, the Board of Regents also welcomes and encourages candidates who have achieved noteworthy success in their respective fields. 

Application and Nomination Process
The Special Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations, inquiries, and applications will be handled in confidence. Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner
Will Gates, Partner
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates
6512 Painter Avenue
Whittier, CA  90601
Email:  apsearch@storbeckpimentel.com
Refer to code “UC-President” in subject line

The University of California is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

This position is a sensitive position and is subject to a criminal background check.

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