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UCI names interim provost and vice chancellor

Susan Bryant will step into the roles previously held by Michael Gottfredson

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: June 25, 2012 09:00 AM

UC Irvine has named Susan Bryant, research professor in the School of Biological Sciences, as the interim executive vice chancellor and provost for the university. One of the longest-serving faculty members at UCI and an internationally acclaimed biologist, Bryant will step into her new role on July 9.

Bryant will succeed Michael Gottfredson in the oversight of academics and operations at the school. Gottfredson will be the University of Oregon's new president as of Aug. 1.

"Susan Bryant is an outstanding leader, scientist, teacher and administrator," said Chancellor Michael Drake. "She is a leading expert in the study of limb regeneration, with research highlighted in more than 100 publications. In addition, she is a champion of initiatives that improve our university and community, from stem cell research to gender and diversity equity in the sciences.

Bryant joined UCI’s faculty in 1969, just four years after it was established. She has held a succession of leadership positions at the school, from 1973 to 2010, including vice chancellor of research, dean of biological sciences, chair of the developmental and cell biology department, and assistant vice chancellor for plans and programs. After announcing her retirement in 2010, Bryant continued her research in the field of developmental and cell biology as a professor emeritus. She is suspending her retirement by accepting the interim provost role.

"I'm proud of UC Irvine's rise to one of the nation's top public research institutions," Bryant said. "Just last month, the Times Higher Education ranked UCI as the top U.S. university younger than 50. Mike Gottfredson built an impressive legacy of high-quality education, and I plan to extend this commitment to excellence, working closely with my colleagues to enhance UC Irvine's position as one of the premier universities in the world."

In her new position, Bryant will be responsible for overseeing all academics and operations at UCI, including all schools, research programs, and financial and strategic planning. Faculty recruitment, development, and student and faculty programs and budgeting will also fall under her authority.

Bryant earned her bachelor’s degree, and then her doctorate, at the University of London. She is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Association for Women in Science; a member of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine; and a council member of the California Council on Science and Technology.

Among her career acknowledgements, Bryant was recognized in 2010 with the UC Irvine Medal, the highest honor the university awards to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the school’s mission, spirit and vision.

Chancellor Drake welcomed Bryant as the interim provost, noting that her long career with UCI has provided her with a great understanding of the school. “[Bryant] is highly respected by faculty members, staff and students, and her credentials and experience fully qualify her to fulfill the interim provost role."

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