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July 6, 2011

Marye Anne Fox To Step Down

People: UC San Diego chancellor will return to chemical research and teaching next summer

Sophie L. Rovner

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Marye Anne Fox announced on July 5 that she will step down next summer after serving nearly eight years as chancellor of the University of California, San Diego. Fox, who is a physical organic chemist, will return to the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry to teach and conduct research.

"During her tenure as Chancellor at UC San Diego, Marye Anne Fox has added striking breadth and depth to the university's already sterling reputation," says Mark Yudof, President of the University of California. "The accomplishments of her service give renewed energy and purpose to the institution and set a visionary course for the 21st century."

"I consider it a privilege beyond measure to work with so many extraordinary scholars, teachers, scientists, doctors, staff members, and students," Fox says. "The university has all of the human and creative resources we need to achieve even greater success in the decades ahead."

In an open letter to the UC San Diego community, Fox described several achievements from her tenure, including completion of a $1 billion capital campaign, initiation of $3.5 billion in capital improvements, addition of 3.4 million square feet of space in new construction, and a steady increase in the number of faculty elected to the National Academies.

Fox herself is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She was awarded a National Medal of Science in 2010 and was named an American Chemical Society Fellow that same year.

Born in Canton, Ohio, in 1947, Fox earned a B.S. in chemistry at Notre Dame College in 1969 and a Ph.D. in chemistry at Dartmouth College in 1974. After a postdoctoral appointment at the University of Maryland, College Park, she joined the faculty of the University of Texas, Austin. During her 22 years at Austin, she advanced to vice president for research and held the Waggoner Regents Chair in chemistry. In 1998 she moved to North Carolina State University, where she became chancellor and distinguished university professor of chemistry. She took up her present duties at UC San Diego in 2004.

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