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CHANCELL-ING: Hmmmm … That ‘May’ Be the Chancellor

February 10, 2020

I showed up to campus one recent morning with a much different set of work tools than usual. In this case, I was equipped with a pair of pruning shears. My mission? To get a hands-on learning experience about the people who make UC Davis shine.

I met with the Arboretum and Public Grounds team, a hard-working crew dedicated to not only keeping our campus beautiful, but upholding our principles of sustainability. They’d been given a heads-up that a new member was going to join their team for the day. However, they didn’t know it was going to be me.

CHANCELL-ING: A 2020 Vision of Art and Creativity

January 03, 2020

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and you’re feeling ready to take on 2020.

‏I’m looking forward to another great year after such a productive 2019. We’re going to build on the momentum we started last year between UC Davis, the city of Davis and Yolo County on mutual issues such as housing and transportation. I’m eager for another year of empowering students and making UC Davis the best neighbor it can be.

That "May" Be The Chancellor

December 17, 2019

 

Here at UC Davis, we’re building on a foundation of upward momentum with our community. The power of UC Davis is more than what we accomplish; it is about the people who make it excellent. I’d like to showcase some of those people and the work they do in my new series, “That May Be the Chancellor.” I hope you’ll join me in learning about those who help make this university such a special institution.

CHANCELL-ING: Making My List, Checking It Twice

December 12, 2019

Welcome to the season of lists, that time of endless to-dos before gift-giving and hosting family feasts. But I have another list in mind as we approach the holidays in Davis.

’Tis the Season of Gratitude

November 07, 2019
Can the holiday season really be just around the corner? It seems like yesterday that it was mid-September, when our city was filled with convoys of moving trucks as students arrived for UC Davis’ new academic year.

A Touchdown for UC Davis and Our City

October 11, 2019
I’ve often said that athletics is the front porch of the university. And right about now, the view from our porch couldn’t be better.

A Tale of Two Years

August 02, 2019
I’ve completed two solar orbits since arriving at UC Davis in 2017 and the future couldn’t look brighter. This milestone might be referred to as “the terrible twos” in the world of parenting, but in my case it’s been more like “the terrific twos.”

So, What Does a Chancellor Do?

July 05, 2019
How playing the serious role — the ‘straight man’ — to William Shatner’s comedic stylings prompted an important question.

Of Dads and Grads

June 07, 2019
As we prepare to celebrate Father’s Day on June 16, here are a few pieces of my dad’s wisdom that I keep close: