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UCLA dean will become UC system's chief academic officer

June 19, 2012 |  2:55 pm

Aimee DorrThe University of California’s next systemwide provost -– the chief academic officer of the 10 UC campuses -- will be Aimee Dorr, who has been dean of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies since 1999.

The UC regents, in a conference call Tuesday, unanimously approved the appointment of Dorr as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. On July 2, she is scheduled to succeed Lawrence Pitts, a neurosurgeon who is retiring after three years as provost during a difficult period of state budget cutbacks.

Dorr’s annual salary will be $350,000, the same as Pitts’, plus benefits and moving expenses to work in the UC headquarters office in Oakland.

Dorr, 69, received a bachelor’s degree in math and a doctorate in psychology from Stanford University and has been a UCLA education professor since 1981. Her research has examined the effect of electronic media on children, a focus that may come in handy if UC proceeds with plans to expand its online education offerings. She also is no stranger to the UC’s governance and internal politics because she previously served as chairwoman of the systemwide faculty senate and was a faculty representative on the Board of Regents.

In a statement released Tuesday, Dorr referred to the tough financial circumstances facing UC but said she was “confident we can overcome the obstacles that, without our combined efforts, would undermine the quality and access that have made this great university a model for the world and a treasure for the people of California.”

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Photo: Aimee Dorr. Credit: UCLA

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