University of California, San Diego

Robert C. Dynes, a renowned physicist and an expert researcher in semiconductors and solid state circuits, has been selected by the University of California Board of Regents as the sixth chancellor to head UC San Diego.
At a special meeting by teleconference today (Tuesday, April 9), the Regents affirmed UC President Richard C. Atkinson's recommendation that Dynes, 53, be named chancellor of the 17,264-student campus. Dynes succeeds Atkinson, who was named UC president last October after 15 years as chancellor at UCSD.
Dynes, a professor of physics since 1991, had been senior vice chancellor for academic affairs -- UCSD's top academic officer -- since last August. He will assume his new duties from interim chancellor Marjorie C. Caserio on July 1. Dynes' salary, which was approved by the Regents in open session, will be $186,800 annually.
"Bob Dynes brings to UCSD an excellent balance of teaching, scholarly 
     research as well as management experience in academia and private 
     industry. He is respected and admired throughout the UC system and the 
     nation and he will successfully lead the campus into the 21st 
     century," Atkinson said. "The board and I are very pleased that he has 
     accepted this appointment."
"The Board of Regents enthusiastically endorsed President Atkinson's 
     choice of Bob Dynes," said Clair W. Burgener, chairman of the Board of Regents. "The San Diego campus and the UC system acquires a true 
     leader in Chancellor Dynes and we all look forward to his counsel and 
Dynes was chosen from among more than 100 candidates following a national search by Atkinson with help from an advisory committee of Regents, faculty, students, staff, and representatives from the UCSD Alumni Association and the UCSD Foundation.
"I am flattered and honored to serve as chancellor of UC San Diego," Dynes said. "I can only hope that my tenure as chancellor of this 
     great university will reflect the quality and esteem of its faculty 
     and students. Working together, we will continue to build one of the 
     finest research universities in the world."
Dynes brings to the position an extensive record in scientific research. A native of London, Ontario, Can., and a naturalized United States citizen, Dynes holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from the University of Western Ontario, and a master's degree and Ph.D. in physics from McMaster University.
From 1968 until 1990, he was a research scientist for AT&T Bell Laboratories. His positions at the laboratory included department head of semiconductor and material physics research and director of chemical physics research.
In 1991, he joined the UCSD faculty as professor of physics and in 1994, he was named chair of the Department of Physics. Dynes founded an interdisciplinary laboratory at UCSD where chemists, electrical engineers and private industry researchers investigate the properties of metals, semiconductors and superconductors.
In August 1995, Dynes was appointed senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UCSD.
Dynes is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1990, he was the winner of the Fritz London Award in Low Temperature Physics and he is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Dynes is also a member of the UC President's Council on the National Laboratories at Los Alamos, Lawrence-Livermore and Lawrence-Berkeley. He chairs that group's science and technology panel. Additionally, he chairs the National Research Council's study group on careers in mathematics and physical sciences.
UCSD, which includes Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was formally established in 1961. The campus, with an annual budget of nearly $1 billion, includes five undergraduate colleges, a medical school, School of Engineering, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, nine libraries, Center for Magnetic Recording Research, a research facility in molecular biology and a super computer facility.
Last fall, the National Research Council, which ranks doctoral research programs in the U.S., ranked UCSD 10th in the nation. Fourteen of UCSD's doctoral programs were ranked in the top 10, including oceanography and neurosciences which were ranked No. 1 -- an unparalleled achievement for a comprehensive university that is only 30 years old.