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UC Riverside Appoints a New Executive Vice Chancellor

UC Riverside Appoints a New Executive Vice Chancellor

Dallas Rabenstein, distinguished professor of chemistry, takes over as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

(February 18, 2009)

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Dallas Rabenstein, executive vice chancellor and provost

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White has announced that Dallas Rabenstein, a distinguished professor who has served as a dean for the Graduate Division, has agreed to take over the role of Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

“The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is a key leadership position on campus, in as much as it is UCR’s chief academic officer and chief operating officer,” White wrote in a message to campus. He said Rabenstein agreed to serve through June 30, 2010, which will be a critical period for the campus as leaders manage through a fiscal crisis.

Rabenstein replaces Ellen Wartella, who has served five years in the post. She resigned to devote full attention to her research in the Department of Psychology.

During her tenure, she found the resources to hire faculty needed by a growing campus. She also played a key role in development and approval of UCR’s proposal to establish a full, four-year medical school, as well as in initiatives to enhance student success and to extend UCR’s arts resources into the community.

She is a distinguished professor, and a co-principal investigator on a five-year multi-site research project on the influence of digital media on very young children, funded by the National Science Foundation.
“Ellen Wartella has made significant contributions to the campus, and I want to thank her for her leadership,” White said.

Rabenstein said his priority will be “academic excellence, seeing that UCR moves forward to be the very best it can be.”

As he leads the development of a strategic plan for the campus, he said his focus will be on qualifying UCR for membership in the Association of American Universities, which is composed of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. To achieve that he said the campus must be balanced with strong programs in the humanities arts and social sciences, as well as in the sciences and engineering.

He explained that being a member of AAU is not only a recognition of the stature of the campus as a major research university, but also would give UCR a seat at the table instead of being on the outside looking in when priorities are set for such things as federal research funding.

The selection of Rabenstein was made in consultation with members of the Academic Senate, staff, deans, students and vice chancellors, White said. The choice must still be approved by the UC Regents.

“This is a key leadership position as we confront the strategic opportunities and fiscal realities that lie before us,” White said. “Dallas Rabenstein brings a wealth of experience, perspective, and accomplishment to the position.”
Rabenstein is a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1985. He has developed an international reputation for his innovative research in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and its application to problems in biological and bioanalytical chemistry. A current focus of his laboratory is studying how heparin, an anticoagulant drug, binds to proteins and peptides.

Knowledge gained in the molecular-level studies may lead to new therapeutic agents to treat such diseases as cancer.

He has previously held a number of administrative positions at UCR, including department chair, Interim Dean in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Interim Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, and Dean of the Graduate Division.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has also been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, England.

Rabenstein is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the American Chemical Society and the International Society for Magnetic Resonance. In 2001 he was named Faculty Research Lecturer at UCR. In addition to being elected a Fellow of the AAAS in 1995, he has held the Eli Lilly Lecturer position in Analytical Chemistry from Indiana University, the Dow Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, and the Samuel B. McElvain Lecturer from the University of Wisconsin. He was elected a fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada in 1983 and received the Canadian Fisher Scientific Award in 1984.

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