Appointment of Joseph Rudnick as Senior Dean, College of Letters and Science

November 15, 2012

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

To: Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, and Administrative Officers

Dear Colleagues:

It is my pleasure to inform you that, following consultation with the College deans, Chancellor Block and I have appointed Joseph Rudnick as Senior Dean of the College of Letters and Science. He will serve a two-year term beginning January 1, 2013.

Joe will continue to serve as dean of the Division of Physical Sciences, the position he has held since 2006. As Senior Dean, Joe’s chief responsibilities will consist of chairing the College Cabinet of Deans and oversight of the Office of the Deans, including:

  • Convening the College deans and leadership for planning, budgeting and decision-making on College-wide issues and policies;
  • Supervising the Office of the Deans staff;
  • Overseeing College development; and
  • Representing the College on campus, systemwide and externally.

The longest-serving among our current College deans, Joe has been a strong leader for his division, the College and the campus. Chancellor Block and I look forward to working with him to ensure that the College remains UCLA’s strong and vital academic hub. Please join me in congratulating him.

I also want to express our gratitude to Dean and Vice Provost Judith Smith for chairing the College Cabinet of Deans for the past three years and for the entirety of her distinguished service to UCLA since 1969. As announced last fall, Judi will retire from UCLA on December 12. We wish her all the best.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost