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Campus Welcomes Robert Grey as Acting Chancellor

UC Riverside Reacts Favorably to News of Acting Chancellor

Robert Grey, former UC Davis Provost, was original consultant on UCR’s successful medical school proposal

(June 26, 2007)

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RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Campus leaders welcomed the news that Robert Grey, a former Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at UC Davis, will serve as acting chancellor at UC Riverside. Grey will succeed Chancellor France A. Córdova, who is ending her term this week to take on the presidency of Purdue University.

Faculty and staff are invited to a welcome event set for noon, Wednesday June 27 in the University Theatre.

“Bob Grey is an extremely talented and experienced administrator who fully understands and embraces the goals of UCR,” said Chancellor Córdova. “As EVC and Provost for UC Davis for eight pivotal years he helped guide that campus to its current reputation as a premier land grant university. In that role the large UC Davis medical school reported to him.”

“I have enjoyed Bob’s thoughtful, wise, and measured approach, his calm demeanor, his good sense of humor, and his ability to work closely with faculty,” Córdova said. “His experience as chief operating officer at UC Davis and his many years of interactions with the UC Office of the President will help ensure the success of UCR’s medical school proposal and continue UCR’s drive toward AAU status.”

Thomas Cogswell, chair of the UCR Academic Senate, said the faculty would look forward to working with Grey. "I’m delighted with the news," he said. "A veteran academic administrator with wide experience on a campus with a flourishing medical school, Grey is just the ticket for us. Even better is the fact that having worked to help develop our initial plan for a medical school he is no stranger to the campus and the community. My colleagues and I welcome the opportunity work with him."

UCR’s Executive Vice Chancellor, Ellen Wartella, said, “We are very lucky to have him. He is a wonderful choice because he is committed to moving forward on our medical school and his many productive years at Davis prove that he knows how to work with the Office of the President. I look forward to a productive period for our campus with Bob Grey at the helm.”

Grey served eight years as the chief academic and financial officer at UC Davis and as the chief governance official for the UC Davis Medical Center, before leaving in 2001. Before that, he was the founding dean of the Division of Biological Sciences at UC Davis.

His research field is cellular and molecular biology, and he was a member of the UC Davis faculty starting in 1967. Grey graduated from Phillips University in Oklahoma and received his doctoral degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he taught and conducted research before joining UC Davis. Grey has also served as consultant for a number of universities on academic issues and has served on numerous advisory boards and committees.

In making the announcement on Tuesday, UC President Robert Dynes said Grey is the right choice for the campus. “The strength of his leadership background, his knowledge of the University of California, and his understanding of the key issues pertinent to UC Riverside make him an excellent candidate to serve as Acting Chancellor.”

Grey said he was honored to be selected. "From my previous stay there I know that the campus is blessed with an excellent faculty and an excellent staff. Chancellor Córdova developed a vision for the campus that was bold and exciting and I intend to sustain the momentum generated by that vision."

Grey has received many awards, including the Distinguished Teaching Award of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate, the Magnar Ronning Award for Teaching Excellence and a distinguished alumnus award from Phillips University. He is a member of the American Society for Developmental Biology, the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Sigma Xi and Phi Sigma honorary societies.

A national search for the permanent UCR chancellor will begin soon, involving a committee of faculty members with representation from students, staff and alumni.

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