September 13, 2010


SUBJECT: Retirement Reception for Senior Vice Chancellor Paul Drake

Please join me on Monday, September 27, at a retirement reception honoring Senior Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs Paul Drake. The reception will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at The Ida and Cecil Green Faculty Club.

Over the course of his 26-year career at UC San Diego, Paul has had a profound impact on our campus as a faculty member since 1984, as Director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, as Chair of the Department of Political Science, as Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and as the Senior Vice Chancellor – Academic Affairs. He assumed the role of SVCAA in 2007 during an unprecedented period of fiscal challenges. Despite the difficult budgetary decisions he has had to make as SVCAA, he has worked diligently to protect our academic core. Under Paul’s visionary leadership, we have built upon existing academic strengths while identifying innovative and interdisciplinary initiatives and programs including a successful cluster hire venture in environmental sustainability. He has also played an important role in the development of the Invent the Future: The UC San Diego Student Support Campaign and was instrumental in the planning of UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Paul should also be credited for his broad efforts to improve diversity among students, faculty and staff. Working with the Academic Senate, he co-chaired the initial Task Force on K-12 Outreach which resulted in the establishment of the Center for Research in Educational Equity, Assessment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) and The Preuss School. As SVCAA, he appointed the first Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity. As Dean and as SVCAA, he launched numerous searches for faculty to contribute to diversity in their research, teaching, and service.

Paul has made immeasurable contributions to this campus. The retirement reception is an opportunity for all of us to offer him a heartfelt thank you for his service and dedication, and to wish him well in retirement. If you have any questions about the reception, you can call (858) 534-6386.

Marye Anne Fox