New Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Paul D’Anieri

By Elizabeth Brown, CHASS Dean’s Office Student Intern
December 15, 2014

Dr. Paul D’Anieri joined UCR as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor on July 1st, 2014. In the 5 months that he has been at UCR, he has acclimated to the intricacies of the university and the UC system, and has been “taken by the undergraduate mission” of UCR.

D’Anieri had previously been the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida from July 2008 to Spring 2014. He got his BA in  international relations from Michigan State, and proceeded to get a masters and PhD in government at Cornell. Since moving here, one of the main things he has dedicated himself to is the “undergraduate mission of UCR,” or as he defines it, helping individuals foster the “life of the mind, but also the life of the career.” He feels that the faculty at UCR truly “walk the walk” in regards to student care and fostering growth among the student population and though they are small in quantity, they are high in quality. The faculty at UCR help transform trajectories of whole families and many first generation college students when they can properly help students grow and graduate. D’Anieri feels the “American dream happens through public education,” and that “the UC system gives ivy league l opportunities.”

D’Anieri would like to hire more faculty in the future to bring down the student to facultyratio in order to increase the already great accessibility faculty have at UCR. In addition to increased faculty, one of his highest priorities is the UCR 2020 Strategic Plan, which would allow students to have more access to the classes they need, and therefore help them graduate in time. He is also currently working on redesigning the budget. This will allow people to have a better idea of where money comes from, where it goes, and most importantly, why it is being allocated as it is.

The adjustment to UCR and the workings of the different departments has been swift for D’Anieri, but he is still learning the “complexity” of the UC system and hopes to get to know the “strengths, weaknesses, and sources of excellence that UCR may leverage as it grows.”

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