An invitation
University of California, Santa Cruz
presidential chair investitures
Presidential Chair medals
Chancellor George Blumenthal invites the campus community to celebrate and recognize the importance of endowed chairs at UC Santa Cruz.

Through an Office of the President initiative and the generosity of our donors, endowed chairs at UC Santa Cruz have increased by more than 30 percent in the past year, bringing the campus total to 34. Endowed chairs are vital for recruiting and retaining faculty who are exemplary in their fields. An investiture ceremony for the inaugural holder provides meaningful recognition of the accomplishments and promise of the faculty member named to an endowed chair. Beginning in Fall 2017, an annual convocation of chairs will recognize successive chair holders.
Spring Investiture Ceremonies

Please join Chancellor George Blumenthal and the campus community at the following chair ceremonies:

Wilton W. Webster Jr. Presidential Chair for the Natural Reserves

April 21

Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair in Feminist Studies
May 8, 2 p.m.
Faggin Family Presidential Chair for the Physics of Information
May 12

Robert Headley Presidential Chair for Integral Ecology and Environmental Justice
May 21

Convocation of Chairs
October 20

Ceremonies begin at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted, followed by a reception with light refreshments.

Spring Chair Honorees

Gage Dayton

Wilton W. Webster Jr. Presidential Chair for the Natural Reserves
Gage Dayton
Gage Dayton has served as administrative director of the UC Santa Cruz Natural Reserves since 2008. The 39 sites in the UC Natural Reserves system serve as outdoor laboratories and living classrooms, supporting a wide range of programs for field-based learning and long-term research. Gage earned a B.S. in wildlife management from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Texas A&M University.

Bettina Aptheker

Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation Presidential Chair in Feminist Studies
Bettina Aptheker
Bettina Aptheker is a nationally recognized historian and scholar of feminist studies. For nearly three decades Bettina has taught one of the country’s largest and most influential introductory feminist studies courses, exposing more than 10,000 students to her deeply compelling teaching. She has received numerous awards over the years, and in June will be presented with the Dizikes Faculty Teaching Award in the Humanities. She received her Ph.D. in History of Consciousness from UC Santa Cruz and became the first ladder-rank faculty member of the Feminist Studies Department, then known as Women’s Studies, in 1987.

Anthony Aguirre

Family Presidential Chair for the Physics of Information
Anthony Aguirre
Anthony Aguirre joined UC Santa Cruz in 2003 after spending three years at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. He has published works on topics from galaxy formation to black holes, the large-scale structure of the universe, quantum theory, and the foundations of statistical mechanics. He is best known for his work on the inflationary “multiverse” and how we might test that idea. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University. 

Ronnie Lipschutz

Robert Headley Presidential Chair for Integral Ecology and Environmental Justice
Ronnie Lipschutz
Ronnie Lipschutz is professor of politics and provost of Rachel Carson College (formerly College Eight). He is also the director of the Sustainability Studies minor. Ronnie conducts research in and writes on a range of topics related to political economy, including U.S. global economic and military policy, changing forms of war, global governance, environmental politics, and sustainability.
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