Acting Chancellor Blumenthal's statement about UC president's decision to step down

UC Santa Cruz Acting Chancellor George R. Blumenthal issued the following statement today, following Robert C. Dynes' announcement that he will be stepping down as UC president during the coming academic year:

"When Bob Dynes was named president of the University of California more than four years ago, he pledged to sustain UC's well-deserved reputation for both quality and access. He kept his promise with both vision and action. Whether it was launching a science-math teacher-training program for California, a long-range planning blueprint for UC, or an international research collaboration, he has advanced our thinking about the critical role that the University plays in the development of society. During often-challenging budget discussions and deliberations, he has reminded California's legislative leaders of the relationship between investing in UC now and forging a better tomorrow, and he negotiated an agreement with the Governor that both stabilized and improved UC's budget. And he's been particularly effective in demonstrating to the state's educational and business leaders that the University of California is a valuable asset, owned by each and every Californian. I consider it both a privilege and an honor to know and work with President Dynes."

Acting Chancellor Blumenthal has worked closely with President Dynes in two capacities:

. As Chair of the UC systemwide Academic Senate, during the 2004-05 year.

. As Acting Chancellor of UC's Santa Cruz campus, since July 2006.