Chancellor Larive elected to board of the Association of American Universities

UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Cynthia Larive has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Universities (AAU).

“I am honored to serve and hope to provide a distinct perspective that can inform national higher education policy so that it continues to drive innovation, excellence, and access,” Larive said. “Our nation’s research universities lead the way in solving the world’s most difficult problems.”

UC Santa Cruz was invited to join the AAU in 2019, an achievement that underscores the excellence and impact of the campus’s research and graduate and undergraduate education. The campus shares the distinction of being the youngest AAU university and is one of only five AAU members also designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution.

The AAU is composed of America's leading research universities. The association’s 71 research universities transform lives through education, research, and innovation.

The 13-member Board of Directors proposes policy positions for consideration by the membership, adopts policy positions on behalf of the membership as warranted, approves the association’s annual budget, determines AAU membership, and works with the AAU president and staff to carry out the association’s agenda.

AAU member universities collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education; and strengthen the contributions of leading research universities to American society.