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UCR Honors Regent Sue Johnson At Desert Gala for Chancellors Associates


UCR Honors Regent Sue Johnson At Desert Gala for Chancellors Associates

(March 5, 2002)

S. Sue Johnson, chair of the University of California Board of Regents, was honored at a dinner Friday in Rancho Mirage saluting her 12 years of service to the university.

About 300 members of the Chancellors Associates, a support organization for the University of California, Riverside, were joined by former California Gov. Pete Wilson who appointed Johnson to the board, by UC President Richard C. Atkinson, by other Regents, and by business and civic leaders.

Sue was a Regent of the University of California during an era of dramatic changes within the system and the State of California, said David H. Warren, Executive Vice Chancellor. He hailed her leadership, compassion and determination to build the 10-campus system with excellence and high quality.

UC has created innovative and comprehensive approaches to research and outreach, and the results are evident in the progress the system has made in attracting the best scholars to educate a richly diverse student body that reflects the face of the State of California, Warren said.

Johnson was presented with the Chancellor's Medal, the highest honor the campus can bestow.

The dinner was the last official function of Chancellor Raymond Orbach, who has been nominated by President Bush to head the Office of Science in Washington DC. Senate action on Orbach's confirmation is expected early next week.

"He led us with a clear and unwavering vision that UCR was a campus of academic excellence on the highest worldwide level. He will leave us knowing that UCR is fully in charge of its own destiny," Warren said.

Keynote speaker for the dinner was Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister of Pakistan.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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