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Chancellor Nominated for Federal Job

Chancellor Nominated for Federal Job

(December 18, 2001)

Dear Colleagues:

Chancellor Ray Orbach's recent announcement of his nomination as director of the Department of Energy's Office of Science provides me with an excellent opportunity to formally express my appreciation to him and to you for all that has been done during his administration to ensure the vitality of the Riverside campus and to make it one of the most dynamic institutions of higher education in the country.

For nearly a decade, Ray Orbach has given his all to the Riverside campus, and the results are clearly evident. The stature and recognition of the faculty have increased; one million square feet of distinctive new classroom, laboratory, and office space have been added to the campus; UCR is firmly established as a nationally known center of teaching and research; and the Riverside student body is one of the most accomplished and diverse in the nation.

As a distinguished scientist, Ray Orbach is a perfect fit for DOE's Office of Science. I know I speak for his many friends at UC Riverside and across the UC system, however, when I say how much he will be missed. I am confident that, with your help, the work he has begun will continue and the campus will flourish and grow.

As I informed The Regents, Chancellor Orbach will remain as chancellor during the Senate confirmation process. Executive Vice Chancellor David Warren will assume more responsibility for managing the day-to-day operations of the campus and act for the chancellor whenever he is away from the campus. With the benefit of appropriate consultation, I am planning to name Executive Vice Chancellor Warren as Acting Chancellor of the Riverside campus once Chancellor Orbach is confirmed for the DOE post and until Chancellor Orbach's successor is appointed and takes office. I know Executive Vice Chancellor Warren will guide the campus wisely during the transition, and I hope you will give him your full cooperation. In the meantime, we have begun a nationwide search for a permanent chancellor.

Riverside is the fastest-growing campus in the UC system, but the story of this campus is one of much more than growth alone. It is a story of quality, excellence, and a sense of community that is the envy of most other institutions. The year ahead promises to be a challenging one, but I have every confidence that the faculty, staff, and students of UCR will build upon the strong foundation laid down by Chancellor Orbach and will enhance the campus' strengths and standards of excellence through new programs, discoveries, and accomplishments. The future holds great excitement for UC Riverside, and we take great pride in it and all those associated with it.


Richard C. Atkinson

The University of California, Riverside ( 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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