I am delighted to announce that the UC Regents voted today to approve Alison Galloway, professor of anthropology, as the campus provost/executive vice chancellor (CP/EVC). The appointment is effective immediately.

As I said in a statement to the media, this is a great day for UC Santa Cruz. The CP/EVC is responsible for all day-to-day academic and administrative operations of the campus, including budget and long-term planning.

Alison Galloway is the right person at the right time. She is an accomplished scholar and an experienced leader. We worked together when I was chair of the UCSC Academic Senate and she was vice-chair. We made a good team then, and I'm confident we will make a good team again as we work together and advocate on behalf of this campus.

Galloway joined the faculty in 1990 and has held several administrative appointments, including most recently that of vice provost and dean of academic affairs and University Extension. She has resigned both of those posts, effective immediately; an announcement about her successors will be forthcoming. Read more about the new CP/EVC in this feature article.

I also want to thank David Kliger, who is retiring after nearly four decades of excellent service to UCSC, including the last five years as CP/EVC. Dave has been a trusted colleague and a valued campus leader. He has guided this campus through extraordinary challenges, including three consecutive years of budget cuts. A professor of chemistry and biochemistry, Dave is eager to return to the lab, and I look forward to seeing him in the Physical and Biological Sciences Building.

This is a great way to start the academic year. I hope you will join me in congratulating Alison on her new appointment, and Dave on his important milestone.