Vice Chancellor-Research

Updated Aug. 10 with a link to a page where candidate CVs and forums will be posted.

Updated May 9 with position profile.

UC Davis has launched a nationwide recruitment for Vice Chancellor for Research.


Candidate CVs will be posted on this Vice Chancellor Research executive recruitment webpage approximately 48 hours in advance of each visit. To protect the confidentiality of the candidates, the website will require your UCD log-in credentials to access the names and CVs. 

Public Forums: The candidate presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. The public forums will be recorded and the recordings will be posted to the Vice Chancellor Research executive recruitment webpage following the last candidate’s presentation.

Please do not share or forward any candidate materials or information. 

See candidate CVs and forum information

Your participation in the process is strongly encouraged and your feedback is very important in helping select the next Vice Chancellor, Research. Chancellor May welcomes comments on the candidates.  Comments should be sent to the dedicated email address by Wednesday, Sept. 6. Comments go to HR-Executive Recruitment and are only shared with Chancellor May, so please use this confidential email address to send your feedback.


General comments or questions can be sent to:


UC Davis Point of Contact:

Patty Covington Fleming
Senior Executive Recruitment Partner

The Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) is expected to bring broad vision and executive leadership to campuswide research policy, planning, initiatives, coordination and compliance. The VCR, in close collaboration with the Chancellor and the faculty, has responsibility for ensuring the research preeminence of UC Davis. The VCR will be responsible for building and leading an exceptional administrative team that will provide direction in the following areas: strategic planning, advancement of key research initiatives, corporate research relations, and translation of UC Davis research into knowledge and technology of significant public benefit.

The VCR advances the research mission of UC Davis by providing support services and resources that: enhance research and other creative endeavors; foster partnerships and collaborations internally and externally with government, industry and other research enterprises; develop infrastructure and policy that promote creativity and an entrepreneurial culture; provide policies and educational programs that promote a culture of innovation and the highest ethical standards; and communicate to the general public and state, national and international decision makers, the possibilities created by UC Davis research for advancing efforts to enhance the quality of life regionally, nationally and internationally.

The VCR also exercises leadership at the local, state, national and international levels — representing the university to external agencies, serving as a legislative liaison and promoting cooperative research arrangements with government agencies, industry, foundations, universities and other organizations.

The recruitment advisory committee is led by chair Jonna Mazet, Vice Provost, Grand Challenges. The committee also includes administrators, faculty, staff and a graduate student representative. The complete roster is available as a PDF in the Documents section below.

The national search firm Isaacson, Miller is assisting the recruitment advisory committee in identifying potential candidates for this critical position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. The complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy is available online.

See below for the recruitment advisory committee roster. The position profile is available here.