Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor Search Advisory Committee, December 2nd

The Chancellor Search Advisory Committee has announced an “open house” meeting on Friday, December 2nd from 12-2pm in the Forum, 4th floor of the Price Center Multi-Purpose Room, Student Services Center. The purpose of the open house is to discuss the selection of UCSD’s next Chancellor. The invitation (reproduced below) includes a number of questions that indicate the kind of issues that the Committee is interested in, but also invites “All Academics, Staff and Students” to pose their own questions about and comment on the selection process.

The Board of the SDFA will be participating in the meeting and encourages all members to attend. To begin the process, we invite members to suggest the questions or concerns you would like to see raised at the “open house” meeting. You can post these in the comments below, send them to us at, or email the Advisory Committee directly through  Katja Lindenberg at


November 21, 2011


SUBJECT:  Town Hall with Chancellor Search Advisory Committee

The faculty, student, and staff members of the CHANCELLOR SEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE would like to invite you to a Town Hall Meeting on Friday, December 2.

  • Date: Friday December 2 (last day of classes)
  • Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Location: The Forum, 4th Floor, Price Center East Multi-Purpose Room, Student Services Center.

Panel members will include the following members of the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee:

  • Prof. James Carmody (UCSD, Theatre)
  • Prof. Robert Anderson (UC Berkeley, Economics, and Systemwide Senate Chair)
  • Prof. Katja Lindenberg (UCSD, Chemistry and Biochemistry)
  • David Wargo (Staff representative)
  • John Alaniz (Graduate Students representative)
  • Alyssa Wing (Undergraduate Students representative)

During the upcoming months, the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee consisting of faculty, student, and staff representatives, as well as some Regents and community members will conduct the search for a new Chancellor in a number of stages. The faculty subcommittee of this group includes the panel faculty members listed above as well as Professor Igor Grant (UCSD, Psychiatry) and Elizabeth Bjork (UCLA, Psychology). This subcommittee is charged with reviewing all potential candidates and narrowing the pool.  The selected candidates will then be presented to the entire Advisory Committee, which includes the student representatives, staff representative, and representatives of other constituencies (Regents, community, etc.).  The full committee discusses and further narrows or augments this pool, interviews finalists whose willingness to be considered has been ascertained, and recommends a semi-final small number of candidates to President Yudof, who then makes the final selection.

Your input is the most important in this process! We would like to hear from all campus constituencies so that we can better represent our campus during the selection. All members of the General Campus, of the Health Sciences, and Scripps Institute of Oceanography are invited to share their perspectives on the selection. The new Chancellor will play a central role in steering us as we navigate difficult times, settle into a our new steady state now that we have almost grown to full size, and develop in the future.

While we all share some common goals, each constituency has its own emphasis and point of view. It is thus critical that we hear directly from you.  We encourage you to come to this open house to share your own perspective.  Tell us what is important to look for in the next Chancellor. Tell us what positive qualities we should look for in the selection process, and what negative qualities we should look out for. We are especially interested in the questions you would like us to ask during the upcoming interviews. The selection process has just begun, so your input is timely and important.

We also believe that this town hall offers a unique opportunity to gather the entire university together at the same time. Not only will the Advisory Committee benefit from your input, each constituency will be given the opportunity to hear the others about their priorities and concerns. We have been impressed by the great variety of perspectives shared so far and, in addition to other input you may wish to provide, we would like for you to think about the following questions that have been brought to us:

  • What type of administrative experience should our future Chancellor have had?
  • How important is it that she/he be an eminent scholar?
  • What are your views on campus climate and how a Chancellor can impact this climate?
  • What qualities or skills should we seek in a candidate to improve the diversity of our community?
  • What should UCSD look like in two years, five, ten, and how can a Chancellor lead us in that direction?
  • Are there areas of UCSD governance priorities that you believe that the next Chancellor should be especially mindful of?

Please come and talk to us! This is your chance to speak and our chance to listen before the Selection Committee begins its search.

If you cannot attend, you may also contact any member of the Advisory Committee to provide input.

For further information, including information on how to contact any member of the Advisory Committee, please contact Katja Lindenberg at, (858)-534-3285.



3 comments on Town Hall Meeting with Chancellor Search Advisory Committee, December 2nd

  1. The main question: what interests will the new chancellor defend? The pockets of the Regents, or the health of public education and well-being for sandiegans? We need someone able and capable to stand up against inequality on our campus, in San Diego, in this country. Does she/he have a plan toward this end?

  2. Must have a critical understanding of the corporatization of universities and be committed to fighting it at UCSD. Must value the humanities and explicitly commit to opposing all forces in the university that trivialize, marginalize, or relegate to the status of “service departments” the humanities disciplines and the humanities faculty. Must commit to fundamentally revising CAP’s arrogant, dismissive way of dealing with the files of humanities professors, to taking their work seriously, and to preventing those outside the humanities from blocking hires in the humanities, ostensibly because outsiders know better than humanities scholars whose work is “good” and “valuable.”

  3. Please ask candidates whether they support interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary programs (graduate education, research, centers), particularly those that meld the natural and social sciences to solve key problems. If so please ask how they would promote such activities given strong disciplinary pressures and turf wars.

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