UC Riverside Names Rutgers’ Pazzani as Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development

Michael J. Pazzani will strengthen campus’s research program and drive its economic development and innovation.

Michael J. Pazzani

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Chancellor Timothy P. White of the University of California, Riverside, announced today the hiring of Michael J. Pazzani of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, as UCR vice chancellor for research and economic development. The appointment is effective July 1, 2012.

“Michael Pazzani will take our research enterprise to a higher level, consistent with our strategic plan, which calls for an aggressive expansion of research and creative activity,” said Chancellor White. “UC Riverside has a world-class research faculty, great facilities, and a strong desire to secure a larger footprint with various national foundations and institutes. Moreover, we have myriad emerging opportunities for translational research, patent creation, and start-up ventures. Michael Pazzani will be a key leader in these areas.”

At UCR, said White, Pazzani’s work will also focus on strengthening and building partnerships with other institutions across California to better meet the needs of the state. In addition, he will be asked to help drive economic development and innovation, and to build and sustain a robust, service-oriented research infrastructure that spans UCR’s schools, colleges, and divisions.

Pazzani is currently vice president of research and economic development at Rutgers. In that role since 2005, he has overseen sponsored research, technology transfer, corporate partnerships, and laboratory services. Before joining Rutgers, where he also is a professor of computer science, Pazzani was the director of Information and intelligent systems in the Division of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Pazzani was also a founder of AdaptiveInfo, a company that provided personalized mobile content delivery for companies such as the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union Tribune.

Pazzani, who will report directly to the chancellor, previously spent several years in Southern California and in the UC system. He received his doctoral degree in computer science from UCLA in 1988, and was a faculty member at UC Irvine from 1987 to 2005.

He is a fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence, has authored one book and edited another on machine learning methods, and contributed chapters in 15 books. He has authored or co-authored numerous journal articles, editorials and conference papers.

Pazzani said he is excited to join UCR.

“The strategic plan ‘UCR 2020’ contains an ambitious vision for research. I am looking forward to working with the entire UCR community on this plan — enhancing the research at UCR in all disciplines, attracting more federal funding to the university, forming partnerships with corporations, and providing research opportunities for students.”

Pazzani succeeds Charles Louis, who served as the vice chancellor for research at UCR beginning in 2004 and who will be retiring.

G. Richard Olds, UCR vice chancellor for health affairs and the dean of the School of Medicine, chaired the search committee that was tasked with selecting Louis’ successor.

“UCR was fortunate to attract an exceptionally strong group of candidates for this position,” Olds said. “The committee was particularly impressed by Dr. Pazzani’s breadth of experience, which spans leadership in higher education research administration, management of a major federal funding program and technology commercialization.”

Pazzani will earn an annual salary of $289,000, plus a relocation allowance of $72,250 to be paid over the first two years of his service.


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