Kenneth Burtis

Kenneth Burtis

Position Title
Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost


After serving from 2016 to 2017 as Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of UC Davis, Dr. Ken Burtis has returned to his position as Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost at UC Davis, with primary responsibilities centered on coordination of the strategic planning process of the campus for the next decade.

From 2005 to 2011, Dr. Burtis served as Interim Dean and then Dean of the College of Biological Sciences at UC Davis. Named as the first dean of the newly established college in 2006, his involvement with biology at UC Davis spans almost four decades, during which time he has been a student, staff member, professor and administrator. He joined UC Davis as an undergraduate in 1972, earning his bachelor's degree in Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1976, and working until 1979 as a research associate. After earning a PhD from the Department of Biochemistry at Stanford Medical School (1979-1985), and conducting postdoctoral research as a Helen Hay Whitney fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford (1985-1988), he returned to UC Davis as an assistant professor of genetics. Prior to his appointment as dean, Burtis served as chair of the Genetics Graduate Group, vice-chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, associate director of the UC Davis Genome Center, and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs in the College of Biological Sciences. From 2012 to 2016, he served as Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost, focusing on the development and implementation of the 2020 Initiative.

Contact Information

(530) 752-2546