November 18, 2016


SUBJECT:    Associate Vice Chancellors, Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion cc Following a campus-wide search, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Drs. Frances Contreras and Alexander Norbash as new Associate Vice Chancellors for Faculty Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Together, in pursuit of academic excellence, Professors Contreras and Norbash will provide academic leadership and direction in advancing the University's goal of achieving and sustaining faculty equity, diversity, and inclusion and enhancing the climate for all faculty at UC San Diego.

Dr. Norbash is a Professor of Radiology at UC San Diego School of Medicine and has twenty years of administrative leadership in higher education. He currently serves as the Chair of Radiology for UC San Diego Health Systems. He is an interventional neuroradiologist and his research interests include translational engineering collaborations resulting in novel tools and materials for endovascular neurologic therapies. He served as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs from 2011-2015 at Boston University School of Medicine where he led multiple initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion. He holds a Master's of Science in management from Harvard School of Public Health with experience in leadership development, strategic planning, and teamwork. A Fellow of the American College of Radiology, he serves on their Board of Chancellors and is the President-Elect of the Society of Chairs of Academic Radiology Departments.

Dr. Contreras is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education Studies and Co-Director of the Joint Doctoral Program in Education Leadership at UC San Diego. Her research focuses on issues of equity and access for underrepresented students in the education pipeline and the role of public policy in ensuring student equity across a P-20 continuum. Her work has been published in leading education journals, including Harvard Educational Review, Educational Policy, and Journal of Hispanics in Higher Education. Her most recent books include: Achieving Equity for Latino Students: Expanding the Pathway to Higher Education through Public Policy and The Latino Education Crisis with P. Gandara. She was honored as an "Emerging Scholar" and the "Top 25 to Watch" among academicians in the United States by Diverse Magazine. More recently, she was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award by the Washington State Commission on Hispanic Affairs for her work to address Latino student equity.

Both Dr. Contreras and Dr. Norbash will begin their appointments in January 2017. We are fortunate to have colleagues with their extensive knowledge, experience, and expertise to serve the institution in this capacity. Please join me in congratulating them. We look forward to your support and collaboration.

Becky Petitt
Vice Chancellor -
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion