Neal Schiller and Cindy Larive Named Interim Deans

Two interim deans have been appointed to oversee the School of Medicine and College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Neal Schiller (left), interim dean of the School of Medicine, and Cindy Larive (right), interim dean of CNAS

Neal Schiller and Cindy Larive has both accepted the position of Interim Dean, effective Sept. 1. Schiller will be overseeing the School of Medicine and Larive will serve under the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences while UCR searches for new leaders to fill the vacant positions.

Prior to serving as interim dean, Schiller has been senior associate dean for student affairs. He continues to hold the Salma Haider Endowed Chair in Biomedical Sciences and oversees the Thomas Haider Program, which provides a unique pathway to medical school for up to 24 UCR undergraduate students.

After earning his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Massachusetts in 1976 and conducting a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship in infectious diseases at the New York Hospital – Cornell Medical Center, Schiller joined the Division of Biomedical Sciences faculty at UC Riverside in 1979 as an assistant professor. He attained the level of associate professor in 1985, and full professor in 1996. Schiller has been a part of UCR’s Division of Biomedical Sciences and Medical Education Program for more than three decades.

He follows G. Richard Olds, founding dean of the School of Medicine and Larive follows Marylynn V. Yates.

Before her interim dean position, Larive served as divisional dean for Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy at CNAS beginning in 2013, managing recruitments, teaching and facilities for the Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy. Larive was also chair of the Department of Chemistry from 2012 to 2014.

After earning her B.S. in chemistry from South Dakota State University, her M.S. in inorganic chemistry from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry from the University of California, Riverside, she served as professor of chemistry at the University of Kansas from 1992 to 2004. Larive was appointed professor chemistry at UCR in 2005 and during her tenure has served the department as graduate advisor, undergraduate advisor and director of the Analytical Chemistry Instrumentation Facility.

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