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UC Merced chancellor to resign, return to teaching and research

September 2, 2010 |  5:38 pm

UC Merced Chancellor Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang, the second person to lead the newest UC campus, announced Thursday that he will step down in June at the end of the upcoming academic year.

An electrical engineer who holds more than a dozen patents and was the engineering dean at UC Santa Cruz, Kang, 65, said he intends to return to research and teaching. In a statement released Thursday, he said he was gratified to help the UC Merced student body triple in size to the current 4,000. "I am extremely proud that we were able to manage this growth successfully as a team in one of the harshest economic climates in memory," he said.

Kang became head of the San Joaquin Valley campus in March 2007. He succeeded its founding chancellor, Carol Tomlinson-Keasey, who guided the campus through its opening five years ago and stepped down in the summer of 2006. Tomlinson-Keasey died last year of complications of cancer.

The UC system will start a search this fall for a new chancellor of UC Merced.

--Larry Gordon