UC system's top academic executive, Lawrence Pitts, will retire
The chief academic officer of the University of California system, Lawrence Pitts, announced Thursday that he will retire from his position in February. Pitts, a professor emeritus of neurosurgery at UC San Francisco and former chair of the system’s faculty senate, has been provost over the 10 UC campuses since February 2009, starting as an interim appointment.
Pitts, who is 70, has been at the center of many of UC’s decisions over the past few years as it coped with state budget cuts and took such controversial responses as hiking tuition rates and increasing the number of out-of-state undergraduates. Also holding the title of executive vice president-academic affairs, he is known as a defender of UC’s academic quality and research efforts. “It’s been an exciting time, as highly gratifying as it has been challenging,” Pitts said in a statement.
UC officials said they would launch a national search for a new provost.
-- Larry Gordon