University of California President Mark Yudof announced May 3 that his selection for the eighth Chancellor of UC San Diego is Pradeep Khosla, dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s highly regarded College of Engineering. The appointment will be voted on at the May 16 meeting of the UC Board of Regents. Meanwhile, campus and community members are reacting to the announcement. Here is what they’re saying.
“In slightly more than 50 years, UC San Diego, under the leadership of Marye Anne Fox and her predecessors, has become one of the world’s top universities. I feel fortunate, humbled and energized to have the opportunity to contribute to that excellence while embracing the challenges of integrating world-class research with an undergraduate educational experience that will remain accessible to all, regardless of family income.”
“As Chair of the Assembly Committee on Higher Education, I congratulate the University community on the selection of Dr. Pradeep Khosla as the new Chancellor. He understands this is a critical time for California’s higher education system and is committed to ensuring UC San Diego is a global model of excellence, and that it is accessible and affordable for aspiring students.”
- Assemblymember Marty Block (California Assembly District 78)
“Pradeep Khosla is an ideal choice to lead the powerful economic engine that is UC San Diego. He is a proven leader, a successful entrepreneur and a champion of innovation. We look forward to the continued positive impact that UC San Diego will have on our community – through the creation of jobs and companies, the translation of cutting-edge research into new technology and medical therapies, and the strong campus partnerships that serve the citizens of San Diego.”
- City of San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees for the UC San Diego Foundation, I wholeheartedly welcome our new Chancellor and his family to our community. We look forward to working with him on many exiting initiatives for the future of the university.”
- Julia Brown, Chair of UC San Diego’s Foundation Board of Trustees
“We warmly welcome Chancellor-Designate Khosla to San Diego. The Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board members look forward to working with him as we continue to strengthen ties between the campus and the community.”
- Carmen Sandoval, Chair of UC San Diego’s Chancellor’s Community Advisory Board
"The selection of Pradeep Khosla was a superb choice for UC San Diego, and that his background fits the university and community perfectly."
- Richard Atkinson, former University of California President and former UC San Diego Chancellor
“Pradeep Khosla undoubtedly is an extraordinary educator and scholar in engineering – he is recognized nationally and internationally. Of more interest to our UC San Diego community and to our greater San Diego community are his visionary instincts; his ability to cut across disciplines to define new, important and impactful directions; and his wonderful communication and leadership skills. I believe that Pradeep is the right leader at the right time for our great university.”
- Robert Sullivan, Dean of the Rady School of Management
“I am thrilled to welcome our new chancellor, and continue strengthening the bold and innovative spirit of UC San Diego.”
- Ira Rubenstein, ’87, Alumni Board President
“For three years, I have been privileged to serve on a national committee with Pradeep Khosla. He is an innovative engineer whose insight and entrepreneurial spirit will resonate with San Diego's education, research and business communities. Personally, I have been inspired by his team's educational initiatives in Africa. That project has greatly influenced my thinking about what can be achieved in our own diversity and outreach efforts.”
- Tony Haymet, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences
“What an honor it is for the Tritons!”
- Pranjeet Kalita via Facebook
“Chancellor-Designate Khosla embodies the principles and mission of UC San Diego. He encourages collaborative, innovative, multidisciplinary and global education and research. He also values diversity in disciplines, experiences and backgrounds. He will be an exceptional leader for our campus.”
- Suresh Subramani, Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
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