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UC Santa Barbara dean to temporarily head UC Riverside

November 20, 2012 |  1:14 pm

Jane Close Conoley, who has been dean of the UC Santa Barbara education programs since 2006, is scheduled to become acting chancellor at UC Riverside on Dec. 31.The dean of UC Santa Barbara’s graduate school of education has been appointed to temporarily serve as chancellor of UC Riverside, whose current leader, Timothy White, is becoming the head of the Cal State system, officials announced Tuesday.

Jane Close Conoley, who has been dean of the UC Santa Barbara education programs since 2006 and previously headed a similar program at Texas A&M University for a decade, is scheduled to become acting chancellor at UC Riverside on Dec. 31. She is expected to stay in the post until a permanent successor to White is found.

Her appointment by UC system president Mark G. Yudof is expected to be approved by the UC regents at a special meeting next week.

“Jane Conoley is an established leader and scholar who cares deeply about providing access to opportunity for those who aspire to higher education,” Yudof said in a statement Tuesday.

Conoley, who is a professor of counseling, clinical and school psychology, will serve at Riverside at least until the end of the current school year and then return to her Santa Barbara deanship, a UC spokesman said. White has been chancellor of UC Riverside for four years and will become chancellor of the 23-campus Cal State system, succeeding Charles B. Reed.

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Photo: UC Santa Barbara dean Jane Close Conoley. Credit: University of California

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