December 14, 2012


SUBJECT:    Retirement of Tony Haymet from Vice Chancellor / Director Post

Following six years of service as Vice Chancellor for Marine Sciences, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Dean of the Marine Sciences Graduate Program, Tony Haymet has announced his decision to retire from his administrative duties on January 1, 2013. He will remain a Distinguished Professor at UC San Diego.

Vice Chancellor Haymet joined Scripps in 2006 from Australia. During his tenure, he significantly improved Scripps' budget and reinvigorated Scripps' academic personnel and infrastructure through an innovative agenda. He put in place an excellent leadership team who together achieve his five-point plan of people (including diversity), infrastructure, vessels, outreach and teaching.

He oversaw the recruitment, appointment and promotion of more than 44 stellar academics, including 25 at the assistant professor or assistant researcher level. He completed funding and construction for the Robert Paine Scripps Forum for Science, Society and the Environment. Under Haymet's leadership, Scripps won competitions for the Navy's AGOR-28 research vessel and the new MESOM research building; established funding for renovation of "Building D" on the old NOAA Southwest Fisheries site and replacement of Scripps' Point Loma MARFAC pier; and completed strategic planning for the future of the Birch Aquarium. In September, Scripps submitted its proposal to the National Science Foundation for the design and build of NSF's next generation of mid-sized research vessels.

Outreach efforts during Haymet's tenure included a visit by a Scripps' team to Compton High School in 2010, which led to the annual summer residential program at UC San Diego for students from Compton and three San Diego high schools. Haymet also established Scripps' first institutional postdoctoral program, and launched a successful effort to provide philanthropic fellowships to many of Scripps' first year Ph.D. students. Most recently, Scripps launched a new Marine Biology undergraduate major this fall, and also expanded its masters programs.

Recognizing the critical role private industry must play in transforming research into environmental solutions, Haymet co-founded CleanTech San Diego in 2007. He has served as Chair and Vice Chair, and continues to serve on its executive committee. He also hired Scripps' first Assistant Director for Business Development to move promising intellectual property from the campus out into the job-creating commercial world.

Please join me in thanking Vice Chancellor Tony Haymet for his contributions to Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the campus, and in wishing him well. A national search will be conducted for his successor.

Pradeep K. Khosla