Search/Advisory Committee: Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

November 6, 2015

UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

To: Administrative Officers, Deans, Department Chairs, Directors, Faculty in the Luskin School of Public Affairs, Vice Chancellors and Vice Provosts

Dear Colleagues:

A search/advisory committee has been assembled and charged with identifying candidates for the next dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Linda Sarna – interim dean, UCLA School of Nursing; professor and Lulu Wolf Hassenplug Endowed Chair in Nursing – is chair of the committee. Other members are:

• Rosina M. Becerra – professor of social welfare
• Evelyn A. Blumenberg – professor and chair, Department of Urban Planning
• Michael Chwe – professor of political science
• Todd M. Franke – professor and chair, Department of Social Welfare
• Vickie M. Mays – professor of psychology, and of health policy and management
• Mark A. Peterson – professor and chair, Department of Public Policy; professor of political science and of law
• Susan F. Rice – chair, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs Board of Advisors; senior consulting associate, Brakeley Briscoe Inc.
• Daniel G. Solorzano – professor of social sciences and comparative education, GSE&IS  
• Abel Valenzuela Jr. – professor and chair, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies; professor of urban planning

To enhance the search effort, we have retained an executive search firm, Witt/Kieffer, represented by Mary Elizabeth Taylor and Robin Mamlet.

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/advisory committee of any individuals you feel are exceptionally well qualified for the position. The committee also welcomes input on ideal qualities and qualifications for the dean; current opportunities, challenges and priorities that could help set the agenda for the school; and any other information or insight that will help guide the committee’s efforts. Please email nominations and input to or contact Traci Considine, manager of executive recruitment in the Office of the Chancellor ( Inquiries and applications may be sent to All correspondence will be held in strict confidence.

Thank you for your assistance.


Scott L. Waugh
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost