Announcing the appointment of Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor

To: UC Santa Cruz community

From: Chancellor Cynthia Larive

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Kletzer as Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. She has served UC Santa Cruz as the interim Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor since July 2019. Lori has been a professor at UC Santa Cruz since 1992 and over that time has achieved acclaim in her field as a labor economist. Throughout her career, her research focus has been on the domestic labor market effects of globalization and policy responses. She has held a number of administrative positions on the UC Santa Cruz campus including acting and interim Dean of the Division of the Arts, Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, Chair and Vice Chair of the Academic Senate, and Chair of the Economics Department. 

From 2010 to 2017, Lori served as the Provost and Dean of Faculty at Colby College, giving her keen insight into the strengths of a liberal arts education. At Colby, Lori developed and oversaw governmental and donor supported cluster hiring initiatives to build faculty strength in key areas. Over the course of her time in the role, she grew the faculty by 25% while enhancing institutional support for research and teaching through the establishment of a Center for Teaching and Learning and by creating partnerships with Maine-based non-profit research institutions. 

This has been a difficult year for our campus and for our country. I am grateful to Lori for her leadership through the many challenges we faced this year and have found her to be a deep listener, a passionate advocate for our faculty, staff, and students, and a committed champion for change on our campus. As a campus, we have an opportunity to transform our university, to center real access and equity as the values of higher education, and to engage in genuine collaboration to shape the future of UC Santa Cruz. 

I would like to thank the search committee for all of its diligence and flexibility, especially as it became necessary to conduct the campus visit portion of this search remotely. I was gratified to see so much feedback on each of the candidates and such strong participation in the public sessions. Please join me in congratulating Lori. I am grateful she will continue in this role and continue the work we have begun.