UCR Names Interim Provost

Cynthia K. Larive will become UCR's chief academic officer

Cynthia K. Larive has been named UCR’s interim provost. She has been with UCR since 2005, most recently serving as vice provost for undergraduate education. sandra baltazar martínez

RIVERSIDE, Calif., FEBRUARY 14, 2017– UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox announced today the appointment of Cynthia K. Larive as interim provost, effective February 21, 2017.

Larive, an experienced administrator and respected scholar, currently serves as vice provost for undergraduate education and was previously interim dean of the College of Natural & Agricultural Sciences. She joined the UCR faculty in 2005 as professor of chemistry, a department she chaired in the 2012-13 academic year. She then served as divisional dean for physical and mathematical sciences from 2013 until 2016. Larive is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Chemical Society and has received campus and national recognition for her research and leadership.

“I can think of few members of the UCR faculty who are as respected as Cindy Larive,” said Wilcox. “That she was nominated enthusiastically by so many of her peers speaks volumes about the impact she’s had on our research, teaching, and service missions.”

One of her colleagues said in nominating Larive for the role, “Cindy has the institutional knowledge base of an experienced insider balanced by a highly progressive enthusiasm for UCR’s expanding role as a national leader in research and educational excellence.”

Larive has been a champion of diversity on campus, working as a co-principal investigator on a highly competitive National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant supporting women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). As chief academic officer for the campus, Larive will be responsible for academic leadership for the entire university, manage day-to-day operations of the campus, and be a member of the campus leadership team.

“It’s an honor to continue serving UC Riverside in this role during a time of exciting growth and change,” said Larive. “I am deeply committed to the values and mission of the campus and look forward to working closely with my faculty colleagues to advance our ambitious strategic vision, improve communication, and strengthen trust with the Academic Senate.”

Before arriving at UCR, Larive was a professor of chemistry at the University of Kansas, where she began what has become a productive and successful research career. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, and a range of foundation and corporate grant makers.

Larive is a first-generation college graduate, having earned her Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University and master’s degree from Purdue University, both in chemistry. She received a doctorate in analytical chemistry from UC Riverside in 1992 under the mentorship of now-Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Dallas Rabenstein, while raising two young daughters, Erin and Megan with her husband Jim.

Larive joins one of the most diverse higher education leadership teams in the nation and will oversee UCR’s academic units as well as campus-wide efforts and initiatives including academic personnel, undergraduate education, international affairs, and administrative resolution.

Current Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Paul J. D’Anieri will serve as special advisor to the interim provost until June 30, when he will join the faculty on a full-time basis with joint appointments in the Political Science Department and the School of Public Policy. Wilcox will continue discussions in the coming months with the UCR Division of the Academic Senate on recruitment plans for the next permanent provost and executive vice chancellor, and an announcement about interim leadership for the Undergraduate Education organization will be forthcoming.

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