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March 17 will be Inauguration Day on the Campus of UC Riverside

March 17 will be Inauguration Day on the Campus of UC Riverside

With a theme of “Living the Promise,” the ceremony will celebrate the contributions of UC Riverside in agriculture, the environment, health care, arts and culture and educational outreach.

(March 6, 2009)

Chancellor Timothy P. WhiteEnlarge

Chancellor Timothy P. White

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- On Tuesday, March 17, the University of California, Riverside will celebrate the inauguration of Timothy P. White as the campus’ eighth chancellor.

The 10 a.m. ceremony in the Student Recreation Center is open to the public, and will be followed by an outdoor reception that will feature fruit from the UCR Citrus Variety Collection, as well as entertainment by folklorico dancers and a mariachi group.

A first-generation college student who emigrated from Argentina to Northern California, Chancellor White is a product of California’s master plan for education. He began his college career at Diablo Valley Community College, then earned his B.A. from Fresno State University and his master's degree from Cal State Hayward. He then earned his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley.

With long experience in academic leadership in Michigan, Oregon and Idaho, White was appointed by the UC Board of Regents and started at UCR in mid-July, 2008. White's academic background is in physiology, kinesiology and human biodynamics, and he is internationally recognized for his work in muscle plasticity, injury and aging.

“This event is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate UCR – our people, our programs, our accomplishments over the years and the promise of our future,” said White, who is calling the event a people’s inauguration. “It is a time of renewal for the campus. The inauguration is not about Tim White. It is about the people of UCR.”

White has chosen “Living the Promise” as the theme – because it describes how UCR is fulfilling its own mission, and how the university is the vehicle for other people to live out their personal dreams.

“‘Living the Promise’ reflects UCR’s land-grant tradition of giving back to our community by addressing some of the most vexing problems facing our society,” said White. “The campus has contributed not just to agriculture, but to the environment, health care, the arts and culture, and the regional economy.”

UCR is asking people to share their personal stories of how UCR is helping them to live the promise by sending an e-mail to

The inaugural event will showcase UCR talent, including singer and historian Karen Wilson, assistant director of the Gluck Fellows Program; the UCR Pipe Band; the Highlander Band; the musical group UCR Mayupatapi; and a keynote address by Professor of Creative Writing Juan Felipe Herrera.

As is traditional, UCR faculty will attend in academic regalia. UC President Mark Yudof will perform the official investiture of the new chancellor, and Richard Blum, chair of the UC Board of Regents, will give the official welcome to the campus community, as well as to government officials, UC Regents, chancellors from the other UC campuses and visitors from sister universities.

In order to save travel costs, the event is being held to coincide with the bi-monthly meeting of the UC Board of Regents, which is set for March 17-19 on campus.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. for guest seating. Parking for campus visitors is complimentary in Lot 26, and shuttle service will be provided. An RSVP is requested at the Web site . The site will also host a live Web cast, which can be viewed by those who cannot attend.

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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