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Azzaretto Named UCR's Newest Vice Chancellor

Azzaretto Named UCR's Newest Vice Chancellor

(March 18, 1999)

John F. "Jack" Azzaretto, dean of University Extension and Summer Sessions at the University of California, Riverside, has been appointed Vice Chancellor for Public Service and International Programs at UCR.

In his new position he will keep duties at University Extension and take on the coordination of UCR's expanding public service activities.

"Jack will provide leadership and coordination in the development, encouragement, and implementation of public service activities and programs targeted to social, workforce and economic development," said UCR Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach.

Azzaretto said he will promote the wide variety of public service activities offered by the campus and University Extension. "What I hope to do is further our campus goal as an engaged university for the 21st century, connecting our activities with busin ess and community life."

Orbach said the promotion recognizes the growth and importance of University Extension's professional, community, and international programs which serve thousands of Inland Empire residents and foreign students each year.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program offered through University Extension's International Education Programs is the seventh largest in the country, and the University currently has partnership agreements and sister university relationships aroun d the world.

"We hope to expand upon our existing relationships and to pursue increased opportunities for UCR faculty to be involved in international activities," said Azzaretto. "What I think we can do is act on Chancellor Orbach's vision. I hope to bring focus, clar ity and direction to our campus' role as a global player."

Before coming to UCR, Azzaretto held public service positions at the University of Maryland, University of Georgia, and, most recently, at the University of Connecticut. He received his master's degree and doctorate in Public Administration from the Unive rsity of Southern California.

He currently serves as president of the Mission Inn Foundation Board and serves on several other local boards including the World Affairs Council, the Mayor's International Cabinet, and the Riverside Business Higher Education Council. Azzaretto also serve s on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Continuing Higher Education and teaches Administrative Ethics in the Department of Political Science at UCR.

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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