Monday, June 17, 2002 - 17:00
Santa Barbara, CA

University of California, Santa Barbara Executive Vice Chancellor Ilene H. Nagel announced today that after nearly four years in her present position, she will he stepping down, effective July 1, 2002, to accept an appointment as Senior Advisor to UC's Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, in the Office of the President.

During Dr. Nagel's tenure, the Santa Barbara campus has increased dramatically its trajectory of academic excellence through the hiring of new outstanding faculty and in the number of faculty who have been recipients of national and international honors, including three Nobel Prizes.

Dr. Nagel has also recently developed an innovative program for bringing exceptionally distinguished faculty to UCSB for permanent part-time appointments.

In addition, Dr. Nagel helped to develop the collaborative intellectual partnership that resulted in the successful award to UCSB and UCLA of one of UC's four California Institutes for Science and Innovation.

"We are pleased to have Dr. Nagel work with the Office of the President," said C. Judson King, Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs.

"We are privileged to have the benefit of someone of her experience, expertise and insight as we address the variety of challenges facing us in the future.

Beyond Dr. Nagel's UC experience, she brings valuable experience with another large public university system, with the federal government and with the private sector -- all of which will redound to the benefit of and broaden the expertise in the Office of the President."

Dr. Nagel said:

"UCSB is a great research university.

I am proud to have served as its Executive Vice Chancellor, and honored to have been afforded the opportunity to work closely with and build upon a cadre of talented faculty and administrative colleagues, who have worked tirelessly and successfully to build a first-class institution in a period of time so short as to be almost unknown in higher education.

As UCSB enters the coming decade, they do so with a remarkably strong student body, an enormously impressive faculty, with strength across the full range of academic disciplines, a support staff committed to working together to sustain and build excellence, and a community of elected leaders and supporters who through their incredible generosity facilitate UCSB's continued success.

While I look forward with enthusiasm to my new administrative appointment at the Office of the President, I am delighted that I will remain as a member of the UCSB family by virtue of my continued appointment on UCSB's faculty."

Executive Vice Chancellor Nagel was recruited to UCSB in 1998 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she served for four years as Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School.

Prior to that, she had a Presidential appointment in the federal judiciary for nine years as one of seven full time members of the United States Sentencing Commission.

Dr. Nagel received her Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University and her Masters of Legal Studies from Stanford University School of Law.

She has held faculty appointments at Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington), George Washington University's National Law Center, Columbia Unviersity School of Law, been a Guggenheim Fellow at Yale Law School, a Visiting Scholar at Cambridge University and a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar in Bellagio, Italy.

UCSB Chancellor Henry T. Yang said, "I would like to thank Dr. Nagel for her four years of skillful and diligent service to the campus and for the special contributions she made to the campus as the Executive Vice Chancellor.

I wish her well and continued success in all of her future endeavors.

Meanwhile, looking to UCSB's own future, I will form a committee expeditiously to search for the next Executive Vice Chancellor."

UC President Richard C. Atkinson joined Provost King in welcoming Dr. Nagel to the Office of the President.