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Acting Chancellor Statement to the Members of the Campus Community

Acting Chancellor Statement to the Members of the Campus Community

(March 15, 2002)

To the Members of the Campus Community:

I am writing to update everyone on the momentous changes taking place on the campus. Although long anticipated and carefully planned, it is with a sense of wonder that the full extent is now being realized.

Thursday, March 14, 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that Raymond L. Orbach was sworn in as the Director of the department's Office of Science. Our former chancellor was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the US Senate. We all wish him well in his new position.

At the meeting of the UC Regents this week, University President Richard C. Atkinson and the Board of Regents named me Acting Chancellor until a permanent appointment is made. During this time, I will continue to work with the campus community to pursue the initiatives that we have embarked upon within the framework of UCR's Vision 2010. I invite you to learn more about the campus vision and implementation of programs in a Statement to the Campus.

I am pleased to announce that Satish K. Tripathi, Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, has agreed to serve as Acting Executive Vice Chancellor while the search for a new UCR Chancellor is underway. The Acting Executive Vice Chancellor is responsible for leading and overseeing the educational mission of the campus.

Acting Executive Vice Chancellor Tripathi joined the UCR faculty in March 1997 as Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering and the William R. Johnson, Jr. Family Professor of Engineering. He began a very productive and distinguished academic career in the department of Computer Science at the University of Maryland in 1978 and served as Chairman from 1988 to 1995. Professor Tripathi is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Professor Tripathi received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1976 and 1979, respectively. He also received the M.S. degree in Statistics from the University of Alberta, Canada in 1974, and the M.Sc. degree in Physics, Math, and Statistics from Banaras Hindu University in 1970 (First Rank). Professor Tripathi's area of specialty is networked multimedia information systems.

In addition, Associate Dean Mark R. Matsumoto has agreed to serve as Acting Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering; Associate Professor Thomas H. Payne has agreed to serve as Acting Associate Dean of the College. Acting Dean Matsumoto came to UCR in 1994 after being on the faculty at SUNY Buffalo for eleven years. He is currently a Professor of Environmental Engineering with research interests in water and wastewater treatment and hazardous waste site remediation. Professor Matsumoto served as the Chair of Chemical and Environmental Engineering from 1994-2000 and has been an Associate Dean in the College of Engineering since 1999. He received his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 1977 from UC Irvine, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Davis in 1980 and 1982, respectively. He is a Fellow of the AAAS. Acting Associate Dean Payne came to UCR as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 1967. He is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science with a research interest in the efficient implementation of various programming language features related to issues in operating systems, including concurrency, protection, and dynamic binding. Associate Professor Payne served as the Chair of Computer Science from 1994-1999. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Marquette University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Notre Dame in 1964 and 1967, respectively.

Individually and collectively, these leaders bring a wealth of academic and administrative experience to these responsibilities, and I hope you will all join me in welcoming them to their new roles.


David H. Warren
Acting Chancellor
University of California, Riverside
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