February 26, 2009


SUBJECT:    Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and
Pacfic Studies and Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs

I am delighted to announce that the new administration of President Barack Obama has invited Peter Cowhey, Dean of the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) and Acting Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, to serve temporarily as a member of the senior leadership team at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Dean Cowhey will take a leave of absence as Dean of IR/PS and Acting AVC-IA for the duration of his appointment with the Obama Administration. During his leave, Dean Cowhey will serve as Senior Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative on strategy and negotiations. The duration of this assignment is approximately 12 months, commencing February 1, 2009.

Professor Takeo Hoshi has graciously agreed to serve as Acting Dean of IR/PS during the first six months of Dean Cowhey's leave. Hoshi's appointment is effective February 1, 2009 through July 31, 2009. As a senior faculty member, Professor Hoshi has played an integral role in the administration of IR/PS and previously served as Associate Dean from 2003 to 2005 and Acting Dean from August through December 2006. He is an outstanding scholar and authority on the Japanese economy, and holds the Pacific Economic Cooperation Chair in International Economic Relations. His major research area is the study of financial aspects of the Japanese economy, especially corporate finance and governance.

For the second half of Dean Cowhey's leave, Professor Peter Gourevitch has graciously agreed to serve as Acting Dean of IR/PS. Pending Regental approval his appointment will be effective August 1, 2009 through January 31, 2010. Professor Gourevitch served as founding Dean of IR/PS from 1986 to 1996. He is a political scientist specializing in international relations and comparative politics. His current research focuses on political economy with an emphasis on international trade and economic globalization, corporate governance, and regulatory systems. An outstanding scholar, he was elected in 1996 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dean Cowhey's new assignment in Washington, D.C. will also leave vacant temporarily the position of Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs (AVC-IA). Because of the current budget crisis at UCSD, I have made the difficult decision not to appoint an Acting AVC-IA. With deep regret, I am suspending the position until Dean Cowhey returns and our financial situation improves. I would like to thank Peter for his outstanding service to the campus during these past two years as the inaugural AVC-IA. Under his stewardship, the Office of International Affairs has made great progress in our campus' efforts to establish relationships with global partners that advance our goals to be world leaders in teaching and research, especially in Asia and Latin America. Chancellor Fox and I deeply appreciate his visionary leadership, wise counsel, and strategic planning efforts for UC San Diego's engagement with the world outside the United States.

For the future of our university, internationalization remains a paramount priority. During these times of austerity, however, individual campus units, rather than centralized leadership, will have to seize the initiative. Budgetary constraints have also led me to suspend the search for the new position of Executive Director of International Affairs. Meanwhile, should you have items that require the attention of the Office of International Affairs, please contact Assistant Director Michelle Hermas ( or (858) 822-4739). She will continue to serve as a resource to UC San Diego divisions, schools and departments on executing their international strategies (including Memoranda of Understanding).

It is an honor for Dean Cowhey and UCSD that he has been asked to serve in the Obama administration. Please join me in congratulating Peter on his appointment to this senior leadership post. His presence in this key position will raise the national and international profile of UC San Diego. Please also join me in thanking Professors Hoshi and Gourevitch for their leadership and commitment to IR/PS and the campus.

Paul W. Drake
Senior Vice Chancellor