Rabenstein to Step Down as EVC/Provost in June ’14

Distinguished professor of chemistry plans to return to researching, writing and teaching

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Dallas Rabenstein has announced that he will be stepping down as executive vice chancellor and provost on June 30, 2014.

RIVERSIDE, Calif.  —  Dallas Rabenstein, the executive vice chancellor and provost at the University of California, Riverside, has announced that he will step down from the administrative post on June 30, 2014 – the end of the 2013-14 academic year.

“Dallas has been a steadfast leader through difficult times for UCR,” Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox wrote in a letter to the campus announcing the move. “He assumed his current role in February 2009, at the beginning of a deep recession. The resulting financial contraction placed unprecedented budgetary pressure on the University of California system; UCR could not have had a more conscientious steward of our financial resources during this challenging era.”

Rabenstein was instrumental in the creation of UCR 2020: The Path to Preeminence, the campus’ long-range strategic plan which compiled the insights of 140 faculty, administrators, students, staff, alumni and community leaders and which will help set the course for the university throughout the decade.

Rabenstein was originally appointed to the interim EVC/Provost position in February of 2009 by then-Chancellor Timothy P. White, with the agreement that he would serve through June of 2010. However, following a pair of nationwide searches and two waves of finalists, the search committee and White agreed that retaining Rabenstein in a permanent capacity was “in the best interest of the campus.”

“My appointment in this position has lasted considerably longer than I ever intended,” Rabenstein said in an email to his fellow deans. “I have enjoyed being EVC/P, although I wish the California economy had been better.  I look forward to working with you for another year, but after five-and-a-half years, it will be time for me to return to my other professional life.”

The “other” life that he is referring to is as a distinguished professor of chemistry. Rabenstein’s research emphasis is on design, synthesis and characterization of peptidomimetics, particularly peptoids; structure and function of the blood anticoagulant heparin.

“While my plans for after June 30, 2014 are still up in the air, I definitely want to continue doing research and writing.  I also would like to do some teaching,” Rabenstein said. “I do plan to stay at UCR – I love this place and the people here – faculty, staff and students!

Wilcox said he would appoint a search committee in the early fall to “identify a worthy successor to follow Dallas as executive vice chancellor and provost, with the goal of making an appointment by June 2014.”

He added that a celebration will be held in the spring to honor Rabenstein and his contributions to the campus.

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