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Features May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2
   

Together We Achieve the Extraordinary
The Inauguration of UCSD's Seventh Chancellor

 
     

On March 3, 2005, Marye Anne Fox was formally installed as UCSD’s seventh, and first woman, chancellor.

Colorful student-designed banners rippled and billowed along campus walkways, proclaiming the day’s theme, Together We Achieve the Extraordinary. Meanwhile inside the Recreational Intramural Athletic Center (RIMAC) arena Gerald Parsky, chairman of the UC Board of Regents, welcomed the 70 platform guests and more than 900 students, faculty and staff to the inauguration.

The La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, led by Harvey Sollberger, and the UCSD Gospel Choir, led by Kenneth Anderson, provided prelude, processional, mid-ceremony and recessional music and song, and Marines from Miramar Air Station presented the colors. The crowd, many dressed in blue and gold, watched in respectful silence as the academic dignitaries in multihued caps and gowns filed solemnly to the stage, and all stood to sing America the Beautiful.

Jenn Pae, ’05, and Kristopher Kohler, ’04, spoke on behalf of undergraduate and graduate students, respectively, and Henry DeVries, ’79, offered the greetings of the UCSD Alumni Association. Jerome Katzin, chair emeritus of the UCSD Foundation Board; Jacque Fowler, chair of the Staff Association; Donald Tuzin, chair of the campus chapter of the Academic Senate; and Steven Weber, president of San Diego State University, also offered welcomes and praise for Fox. Ralph Cicerone, chancellor of UC Irvine and
president-elect of the National Academy of Sciences, delivered the inaugural address.

Robert Dynes, president of the UC system, presented the chancellor’s medal and spoke the traditional words of appointment: “Be it known that I...acting for the Regents of the University of California, do hereby install Marye Anne Fox as Chancellor at the University of California, San Diego, and vest in her all the authority and rights appertaining thereto.” Fox was visibly moved by the standing ovation that followed, and in her address spoke of the “pride and humility” she felt in following Revelle, York, Galbraith, McGill, McElroy, Atkinson, Dynes and other “giants of higher education” at UCSD—“the youngest of the best.” She also expressed the hope that she might be regarded as a role model for young women and members of under-represented groups.

“I challenge our faculty to work with staff and asdministrators so that every major discipline at UCSD will be recognized as a top-10 program among American peers,” she said. “Ambitious? Yes, of course. That is the UCSD tradition.”


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Marye Anne Fox - Brief Biography
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