Margaret L. Delaney appointed interim campus provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Santa Cruz

Margaret L. (Peggy) Delaney has been appointed to serve as Interim Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor during the period that Martin M. Chemers will serve as Acting Chancellor. Both appointments take effect on April 1.

Distinguished professor of ocean sciences will assume duties on April 1
"I am delighted that Dr. Delaney accepted the invitation to join our administrative team," noted Chemers. "Her leadership and expertise are proven assets that will serve our campus very well in the coming months." Chemers currently serves in the position which Delaney will assume.

The Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor position is responsible for day-to-day operations and leadership of the academic enterprise of the campus. The scope of work includes administration of academic planning, undergraduate education, research, graduate education, and university extension. Chemers has indicated he will retain oversight of budget issues for the time being, in order to maintain continuity with the current business transformation and budget reduction processes. Over time, those responsibilities also will revert to the Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor.

Currently serving as the Vice Chair for the UC Santa Cruz Academic Senate, Delaney previously was chair of the Ocean Sciences Department. "This is an exciting challenge at a critical time in our campus's history," she said. "UC Santa Cruz holds an array of academic distinctions, and many of our faculty rank among the international scholarly elite. I welcome the opportunity to work together as we continue to serve the people of California with world-class teaching and research."

A member of the UC Santa Cruz faculty since 1983 and currently a professor of ocean sciences, Delaney has received several awards for innovation and excellence in teaching, including the Outstanding Educator Award from the Association for Women Geoscientists. Her research also has been honored, most recently with her election as a fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), an honor reserved for a select group of distinguished scientists who have attained an acknowledged eminence in a branch of the geophysical sciences.

Dr. Delaney earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology /Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program in Oceanography. She earned a B.S. (summa cum laude with distinction) in chemistry from Yale University.

Widely published in her field of paleoceanography and a frequent speaker at international conferences, Delaney is a member of American Geophysical Union, the Association for Women Geoscientists, the Geochemical Society, and the Oceanography Society, among other professional organizations. She has edited the journal Paleoceanography, is a member of the Editorial Review Board for the journal Marine Geology, and has been a member and chair of several panels and committees advising the international Ocean Drilling Program and its successor, the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, including a recent term as chair of the U.S. Science Advisory Committee to the Ocean Drilling Program. Her research is featured in a display at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center.


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