Quentin Williams appointed chair of UCSC Academic Senate

Quentin Williams

Quentin Williams, professor of Earth and planetary sciences, has been appointed chair of UCSC's Academic Senate, effective September 1. Williams served as vice chair of the Senate and UC Academic Assembly Representative for the past two years. He replaces Faye Crosby, professor of psychology, who had served as Senate chair since 2005.

As chair of the Santa Cruz Division of the UC Academic Senate, Williams will also serve on the systemwide Academic Council. He previously served on the Academic Council in 2003-04 as chair of the systemwide Coordinating Committee on Graduate Affairs.

Williams, whose research focuses on mineral physics in the deep Earth, earned his B.S. in chemistry from Princeton University and Ph.D. in geology from UC Berkeley. He joined the UCSC faculty in 1988.