Mark Yudof
Mark G. Yudof

Yudof named University of California president

(March 28, 2008)--The University of California Board of Regents yesterday (March 27) appointed Mark G. Yudof, chancellor of the University of Texas System, as president of the University of California system. The appointment will be effective this summer with the exact date to be determined.

"Chancellor Yudof is the gold standard in higher education administration, and it's no surprise that the UC System sought out his leadership," said H. Scott Caven Jr., chairman of the UT System Board of Regents. "He will be missed and we are grateful for his service to the UT System and to higher education in Texas."

While chancellor, Yudof instituted an accountability system that is recognized as a national model, raised the national standing of the UT System and all its institutions, and created a system administration that has added value to virtually every corner of its operation, Caven said.

"I have worked with Mark Yudof for many years, and he is a brilliant boss and dear friend," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "He is one of the best higher education leaders in the nation, and he has few equals. Given his outstanding record as chancellor of the University of Texas System, we knew that it would only be a matter of time before he would be recruited by a prestigious system such as California. He is responsible for taking each of the UT System's institutions to new heights of excellence as the result of his strategic leadership as chancellor during a time of unprecedented growth. He is responsible for helping place UTSA on track to become one of the state's next premier public research universities."

The board will conduct a national search for a replacement with details on the process to be announced.

The UT System Board of Regents appointed Yudof chancellor in August 2002, making him the chief administrative officer of one of the nation's largest higher education systems. The UT System has more than 194,000 students and 81,000 employees spread over nine academic and six health institutions, and an annual operating budget of $10.7 billion. The system confers more than one-third of Texas' undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's healthcare professionals annually.

Before his appointment as UT System chancellor, Yudof served as president of the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002. A constitutional law scholar, Yudof was a faculty member and administrator at UT Austin for 26 years, serving as dean of the School of Law from 1984 to 1994 and as the university's executive vice president and provost from 1994 to 1997.


The UT System Office of Public Affairs contributed material for this story.

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