UCR Provost to Step Down at End of Academic Year

D’Anieri will leave his current role on June 30, 2017 to become Professor of Political Science and Public Policy

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul D’Anieri photo by Peter Phun

RIVERSIDE, Calif., (www.ucr.edu) – University of California, Riverside Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul J. D’Anieri announced today that he will leave his current role to take up a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the School of Public Policy.

Chancellor Kim Wilcox praised D’Anieri’s accomplishments, saying, “Paul brought courageous leadership, deep commitment, and innovative thinking to his role as chief academic officer. It’s hard to imagine having achieved so much so quickly without his steady hand.”

During his time as provost, D’Anieri advanced UCR’s progress on the campus academic strategic plan UCR 2020: The Path to Preeminence. Since his arrival in 2014, UCR has added 180 new faculty positions, including 40 that support seven priority themes identified in UCR 2020. During D’Anieri’s tenure, UCR made significant strides in faculty diversity, student success, and research stature. UCR now enrolls more first year California students than any other campus of the UC, and recently won a national award for improving graduation rates.

D’Anieri joined UC Riverside on July 1, 2014 after six years as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. During his tenure at UCR, he hired permanent deans in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences; and the School of Medicine. He also oversaw a redesign of UCR’s budget process and migration to a new student information system. D’Anieri created a new office of International Affairs and led official UCR delegations to China and Taiwan.

“I am intensely proud of the progress we’ve made on our goals of excellence, access, diversity, and engagement,” D’Anieri said. “UCR is increasingly seen as the national model for the student-centered research university.

The provost played a key role in the planning for, and public launch of, Living The Promise: The Campaign for UC Riverside, inaugurating a year-long series of symposia addressing the six key themes of the comprehensive fundraising effort. D’Anieri’s bold vision and leadership have moved the campus toward a goal of aligning its academic profile with that of the Association of American Universities (AAU), a collective of 62 prestigious public and private research institutions across North America.

As a scholar, D’Anieri has focused his research on the relationship between Russia and Ukraine, and he is planning to write a book examining the underlying causes of Russia’s 2014 invasion of Ukraine. He is also a sought-after speaker on innovation in university budgeting practices.

Chancellor Wilcox plans to work with campus leadership and faculty members in the coming weeks to begin the process for identifying a new provost.

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