UC Merced Update

Chancellor Leland Formally Welcomed by Yudof, Campus

Photo collage of Chancellor Leland's welcome ceremony


View the video on YouTubeIn a speech to formally welcome Chancellor Dorothy Leland Oct. 3, University of California President Mark G. Yudof said that UC Merced is California's next success story and that Leland is a proven leader who will further build the institution's research mission.

"UC Merced is here to stay," Yudof said in the Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Quad. "As remarkable as its first six years have been, its best days are yet to come. And that is good news for the valley, for the state, and for that matter, the world."

Yudof earlier in the day toured the Sierra Nevada Research Institute in Yosemite National Park before coming to campus for a welcome ceremony for Leland. Some 300 faculty, staff, students and community members attended the event.

Leland said during her speech that the 6-year-old campus has made significant contributions to the state through its innovative research and that more investment is needed for it to meet its promise to bring greater economic prosperity to the San Joaquin Valley, the fastest-growing region in the state.

"Our talented researchers have already produced scores of inventions that have the potential to change lives, communities and industries,” Leland said. “These research efforts at UC Merced indicate how very quickly the youngest University of California campus is making its mark. Our challenge now is to keep the momentum going under very difficult circumstances."

Leland called on public and private partners to continue supporting UC Merced so the campus can continue its growth.

“In short, what UC Merced needs now is for the state and federal government, business and industry leaders, philanthropic foundations and individuals to step up and invest in this young university’s extraordinary promise to improve lives and bring economic prosperity to the Valley,” Leland said.
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