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Engineering educator named next UC San Diego chancellor

Pradeep KhoslaThe dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s engineering college, Pradeep K. Khosla, has been named to be the next chancellor of UC San Diego, UC system president Mark G. Yudof announced Thursday.

If approved by the University of California regents later this month, Khosla will become head of the 29,300-student UC San Diego campus in August. Marye Anne Fox, a chemist who has served for eight years as chancellor, is retiring from the job.

Khosla's salary will be announced at the May 16 regents’ meeting.

Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Khosla, 55, came to the United States to earn a master's degree and doctorate in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon in the 1980s. He rose through the faculty there to become a top administrator, researcher and fundraiser, officials said. During his eight years as engineering dean, that division significantly increased its enrollment of women and minorities and started more international programs.

In a statement released Thursday, Yudof described Khosla as “a time-tested, oft-honored researcher, an innovative educator dedicated to improving the quality of life for students, faculty and staff, and an entrepreneurial leader with a global vision and proven fundraising abilities.”


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Photo: Pradeep K. Khosla. Credit: University of California Newsroom.

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