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UCR selects Interim Vice Chancellor

UCR selects Interim Vice Chancellor

(June 13, 2001)

Robert J. Nava, an assistant vice chancellor at the University of California, Riverside, has been appointed to serve as interim vice chancellor for advancement starting July 1. He replaces Connie Kravas, who accepted a position at the University of Washington.

Nava, a long-time Riverside resident, has led governmental and community relations at UCR since 1989. His office is responsible for maintaining relationships with local, federal and state lawmakers as well as supervising community projects that include AmeriCorps, the Cesar Chavez Multicultural Art Center and the Youth Corridor To the Future Project, all of which teach the importance of education and community service. These programs are funded with $1.4 million in state and federal contracts.

As interim vice chancellor of university advancement, Nava will manage all of advancement units, including the Office of University Relations, the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations, and the Office of Development, until a permanent replacement for Kravas is appointed.

"Robert Nava will provide the leadership this growing campus needs, and we are very grateful to him for accepting the position of interim vice chancellor for university advancement," said Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach. "We are fortunate to have someone with his experience and insight to lead us forward."

In addition to his professional work at UCR, Nava has served two terms on the school board of the Riverside Unified School District. He was also a member of the human relations commissions of both Orange County and the City of Riverside. He is currently vice chair of the Police Community Advisory Committee for the Riverside Police Department; and board member for Parkview Community Hospital of Riverside and the Riverside YMCA Board of Directors.

Nava first came to UCR in 1987 as the Director of Chicano Student Programs. He has been an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton, teaching Chicano Studies.

He holds a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from the University of Texas, El Paso and a law degree from Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. In 1993, Nava was an Education Fellow at the Institute for Educational Leadership based in Washington D.C. This year, he was selected as an Education Fellow at the Management and Educational Leadership Institute at Harvard, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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