University of California, San Diego


January 23, 2006

ALL AT UCSD (including UCSD Healthcare)

SUBJECT:    Search for the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, and Dean of the Graduate
School of Marine Sciences

As Chancellor Marye Anne Fox announced earlier, the search for the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, who will also serve as the Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences, was initiated in September and is now moving forward with the engagement of Nicholas Brill and Elizabeth Neumann of Brill Neumann Associates, Inc. as the executive search consultants to assist the search committee in its work. The consultants will work closely with the co-chairs and committee members to identify a strong slate of candidates for the position.

The Director of Scripps is a key member of the university's leadership. Thus, we are seeking a distinguished scholar and able administrator to lead the Institution in the coming years. The full job description is below. If you would like to nominate someone, please send your nominations to any member of the search committee (listed below) or directly to search consultant Nicholas Brill at nick@brillneumann.com.

W. Kendall Melville, Co-Chair
Larry Smarr, Co-Chair


W. Kendall Melville, Co-Chair; Professor, SIO Marine Physical Lab and Physical Oceanography Research Division

Larry Smarr, Co-Chair; Professor, Computer Science & Engineering and Director, Calit2

Darwin Berg, Professor, Neurobiology

Ronald S. Burton; Professor and Director, Marine Biology Research Division and Center for Marine Biotechnology & Biomedicine

Peter Cowhey; Dean, Graduate School of International Relations & Pacific Studies and Director, Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation

Jeffrey S. Gee; Professor, Geosciences Research Division

Stuart Goode; Chair, SIO Council

Nigella Hillgarth; Executive Director, Birch Aquarium

V. Wayne Kennedy; UC Senior Vice President Emeritus - Business and Finance

Robert A. Knox; Research Scientist, Physical Oceanography Research Division and Associate Director, Ship Operations and Marine Technical Support

Robert L. Parker; Professor and Director, Institute of Geophysics & Planetary Physics

Kimberly A. Prather; Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

William H. Press; Senior Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Daniel L. Rudnick; Professor, Physical Oceanography Research Division and Deputy Director, Educational Affairs

Deborah H. Spector; Professor, Molecular Biology

Christine Whitcraft; SIO Graduate Student



Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) at the University of California, San Diego invites nominations and applications for the position of Director, who will also be the Vice Chancellor of Marine Sciences and Dean of the Graduate School of Marine Sciences. The incumbent will lead the Institution in articulating a clear scientific vision, provide direction for its academic programs, expand revenue sources, and optimize the administrative organization. The SIO Director represents and provides leadership nationally and internationally in scientific matters related to the ongoing research efforts of SIO scientists and in relations with Federal, State and local governmental entities and private organizations and individuals.

We are seeking a distinguished scientist in oceanography, the earth sciences, or a closely related field who will promote Scripps' scientific and educational mission. He or she should be an innovative leader with a demonstrated successful record in strategic planning, administration and fundraising. Effective communication and interpersonal skills are essential, together with an understanding of, and commitment to, academic shared governance.

Scripps Institution was founded in 1903, and today occupies 230 acres mostly along the Pacific coastline. One hundred faculty and more than 200 research scientists conduct basic and applied research covering all facets of the ocean, earth and atmospheric sciences, including biological sciences, through five research divisions, and eight special purpose laboratories and multidisciplinary centers. The graduate program in Marine Sciences is carried out in eight curricular groups with a current enrollment of 241 students. Scripps' offerings of undergraduate classes at UCSD are expanding in all areas of its expertise. The Birch Aquarium-Museum at Scripps is a self-supporting educational resource for the region and receives more than 340,000 visitors annually. SIO had expenditures of $148 million in FY 03-04, primarily from Federal and State sources. Future emphasis will be on increasing support from industrial, private and individual sources.

The Search Committee will accept nominations and applications through February 2006. Please submit resumes and/or nominations In Confidence to Nicholas Brill at scrippssearch@brillneumann.com.

EEO/AAE - SIO/UCSD is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and welcomes the interest of qualified women and minorities.


Scripps Mission Statement: To seek, teach, and communicate scientific understanding of the oceans, atmosphere, Earth, and other planets for the benefit of society and the environment.

Among SIO's current faculty are 13 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 17 members of the National Academy of Sciences, two members of the National Academy of Engineering and one recipient of the National Medal of Science: Walter Munk.

Eight Nobel Laureates are currently at UCSD, including Paul Crutzen at SIO and Mario Molina with a joint appointment at SIO and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

The National Research Council ranked Scripps 1st in the nation for the quality of its faculty and graduate program in Oceanography.

Scripps enrolled a record 241 graduate students in 2005. Its 1400 Doctoral and Masters graduates are conducting research and teaching at universities, research centers, and government agencies in the U.S. and around the world.

SIO/UCSD, in collaboration with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and NOAA Fisheries, offers an NSF/IGERT graduate program in Marine Biodiversity.

SIO/UCSD offers an NIH-sponsored multidisciplinary training program in Marine Biotechnology.

SIO leads an NSF-funded Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program on the California Current ecosystem.

SIO provides scientific and organizational leadership for large national and international programs and observing systems.

SIO has international cooperative agreements with 25 countries. Its scientists are found on every continent and ocean conducting research with colleagues in the U.S. and 65 nations.

SIO's fleet of four ships and the research platform FLIP support scientists from Scripps and other institutions.

SIO had expenditures of $148 million in FY 03-04, primarily from Federal and State sources.