Search/Advisory Committee: Vice Chancellor for Research

August 18, 2009

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty, Provosts and Vice Chancellors

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the appointment of a search/advisory committee charged with identifying candidates for vice chancellor for research.

James S. Economou, Professor of Surgery, will chair the committee.  Other members are:

Jonathan Braun — Professor and Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Diane Favro — Professor of Architecture and Urban Design
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. — Dean of the School of Public Affairs
Luisa Iruela-Arispe — Professor of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Adrienne G. Lavine — Chair and Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Elizabeth F. Neufeld — Professor of Biological Chemistry
Letitia Anne Peplau — Professor of Psychology
Ann M. Pollack — Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research
Todd S. Presner — Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Comparative Literature
Seth J. Putterman — Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Kevin S. Reed — Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs
Emil Reisler — Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Daniel G. Solorzano — Professor of Education
Abel Valenzuela, Jr. — Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Urban Planning
Xiangdong William Yang — Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences

Vice Chancellor Roberto Peccei has graciously agreed to continue serving through the conclusion of this search.  We are deeply grateful for Roberto’s nine years of distinguished service as vice chancellor.

Since the most effective way to identify outstanding prospective candidates is through personal contact, I would very much appreciate your circulating the announcement below and notifying the search committee of any individuals you feel are exceptionally well-qualified for the position.  Please forward nominations and applications to

As a critical part of the search process, the search committee seeks input from the campus community on ideal qualities, skills and qualifications for a new vice chancellor, current issues and priorities that could help set the agenda for the new vice chancellor, and where you would like to see the UCLA research enterprise five and 10 years from now.

If you are interested in providing input and insight to the committee, please contact Traci Considine, manager of executive searches in the Office of the Chancellor ( or 310-206-8003).  All input, inquiries, nominations and applications will be held in strict confidence.

Thank you for your assistance.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost