Vice Chancellor Peggy Delaney retiring

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Chancellor Cynthia Larive

I write to share the news that Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget Margaret L. (Peggy) Delaney has announced that she will retire at the end of the academic year.

For more than a decade, Peggy has led Planning and Budget, an office that touches every part of campus and is vital in helping campus leaders develop strategies to achieve our priorities. Peggy’s leadership was essential in the purchase of the building that serves as the centerpiece of our Silicon Valley Campus, our long-term lease of the Scotts Valley Center, and countless projects that have helped to expand and maintain our campus. She has been a strong advocate for critical campus needs. She is a creative, committed campus leader who believes deeply in our mission. I wish her a happy retirement, and I will miss her greatly as a colleague.

Peggy is currently on leave. Kimberly Register, our director of budget and resource management, is overseeing division operations. Over the coming months, we will be examining the structure of the office, and a fuller transition plan will be announced later this academic year.

Prior to becoming a full-time campus administrator in 2009, Peggy was a professor in the department of ocean sciences, arriving on campus in 1983. She served two terms as department chair. She also served as interim campus provost and executive vice chancellor in 2004-2005.

Peggy 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 notably by her election as a fellow of The Oceanography Society and of the American Geophysical Union, an honor reserved for a select group of scientists who have demonstrated eminence in a branch of the geophysical sciences.

Peggy earned her doctorate in chemical oceanography from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program. She earned her bachelor’s in chemistry from Yale University.