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UCR Provost Rabenstein to Give Four More Years

UC Riverside’s Provost to Give Four More Years

Dallas Rabenstein, distinguished professor of chemistry, is the chief academic and operational officer of the university.

(May 11, 2011)

Dallas Rabenstein is UCR's executive vice chancellor and provostEnlarge

Dallas Rabenstein is UCR's executive vice chancellor and provost

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( –- UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White has announced that Dallas Rabenstein, a distinguished professor who has served as interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost for more than two years, has agreed to stay on in a permanent capacity.

“After an extensive nationwide search and two waves of finalists, I have concluded – and the search committee concurs – that the appointment of Dallas Rabenstein is in the best interest of the campus,” Chancellor White wrote Monday to the campus community. “His qualifications, experience, and accomplishments exceed those of the other candidates considered for the position.”

Provost Rabenstein has played a lead role in UCR’s strategic planning process, resulting in the development of UCR 2020: The Path to Preeminence. He is now leading the strategic plan implementation efforts as well as a number of other major campus initiatives that will shape the future of UCR. In addition, he chairs the Chancellor’s Budget Advisory Council.

The selection of Rabenstein was made in consultation with members of the Academic Senate, staff, deans, students and vice chancellors, White said. The choice has been endorsed by the UC Regents. Rabenstein will earn $305,000 annually. He expects to serve through June, 2015.

“Dallas is a valued colleague and leader,” White said. “He is a highly respected and seasoned administrator who has capably navigated the campus through difficult challenges and transitions, with praiseworthy results.”

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), and a member of 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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