LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7, 2005— UCLA Chancellor Albert Carnesale announcedtoday that he plans to step down as chancellor on June 30, 2006. Following asabbatical leave, he intends to return to his teaching, scholarship andengagement in public policy issues. Carnesale isnationally known for his expertise in international affairs and nationalsecurity policy.
Carnesaleassumed UCLA's top position on July 1, 1997, having come from HarvardUniversity, where he served for 23 years as professor, dean of the John F.Kennedy School of Government and provost of the university. Under hisleadership, UCLA has risen to the top tier of the nation's researchuniversities, competing successfully with elite private institutions that havegreater resources from higher tuition, fees and endowments built over time.
"UCLA is one of the world's great universities, public orprivate," Carnesale said. "Few institutions can matchits depth and breadth of excellence in education, research, service, healthcare, arts and cultural offerings, and athletics. I am proud to have served asits eighth chief executive."
University of CaliforniaPresident Robert Dynes, who will conduct the search for the next UCLAchancellor, said, "Al Carnesale has provided superbleadership during a challenging time, when California faced tough budgetchallenges that threatened the entire University. Throughout this period, UCLAhas built upon its foundation of excellence and enhanced its service to thepeople of Los Angeles and California immeasurably. I am indebted to Chancellor Carnesale for the contributions he has made to UCLA'sacademic quality, its engagement with the community, its expansion to meetCalifornia's growing needs, and its educational experience for students."
Resource Development to Sustain Excellence
During his tenure, Carnesale concentrated UCLA's efforts on attractingresearch funds and private monies, in order to sustain the university'strajectory as a top-tier research institution through an era of declining statesupport. Between 1997 and 2005, UCLA's annual operating budget has grown from$2.2 billion to $3.5 billion, while the state of California's contribution hasshrunk from 20.7 percent to 15 percent of the university's operating budget.
In private fundraising, UCLA consistently ranksamong the top 10 research universities in the nation. Campaign UCLA waslaunched publicly in May 1997, with an initial goal of $1.2 billion. UCLAdoubled the goal to $2.4 billion in March 2002. Currently, UCLA has raisednearly $3 billion. The campaign will close in December of this year.
In June2004, Carnesale announced a special five-year, $250million initiative, "Ensuring Academic Excellence," to raise funds forprofessorships, fellowships and scholarships to help recruit and retain top facultyand students, in order to assure UCLA's continued academic strength. By July31, 2005, UCLA raised more than $100 million toward that goal.
Between 1997 and 2005, UCLA also doubled thescale of its research support, from $410 million in competitively awardedgrants and contracts to $821 million in 2005. UCLA consistently places amongthe top five research universities in the nation in this area. During thisperiod, UCLA, in collaboration with the University of California, SantaBarbara, won the statewide competition for a grant to establish the California NanoSystems Institute, which will enhance the state'seconomy by focusing on technology advances in collaboration with business andindustry.
Carnesalealso has presided over a transformation of the campus from a commuterinstitution to a residential campus, coupled with a period of increasedselectivity of its student body and a refocusing of the undergraduateexperience to include undergraduate research, small‑class experienceswith top faculty and an expansion of international studies.
Since 1997, UCLA has completed or has underconstruction new housing for more than 4,600 undergraduate and graduatestudents. More than 90 percent of each year's approximately 4,200 incoming freshmennow live on campus, in the northwest corner referred to as "The Hill," anenvironment that incorporates living space, classrooms, counseling offices, andcomputer and recreational areas.
Carnesale initiatedthe Fiat Lux seminar program, established initiallyto help students understand the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. The seminarsprovide small group, interdisciplinary exploration of critical issues withfaculty. UCLA will offer 200 Fiat Lux seminars in thecoming academic year, and Carnesale has continued toteach a Fiat Lux seminar on national security.
Throughout this period, theacademic qualifications of the UCLA student body have increased significantly.The average, fully weighted GPA has increased from 4.13 in fall 1997 to 4.25 infall 2005. SAT I scores have increased by 47 points over the same period. UCLAcurrently ranks first in the UC system in student selectivity, graduation andretention rates. Among the 62 members of the American Association ofUniversities, UCLA also has the largest percentage of low-income Pell grantstudents. There are more undergraduate students from low‑income familiesenrolled at UCLA than at all of the Ivy League colleges combined.
Civic Engagement, Arts and Culture
Carnesaleserved on the transition team for newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and has made community engagement and artsand culture a priority of his administration.
"UCLA is the finest publicresearch institution in the country located in a major urban environment, whichposes important opportunities and responsibilities for UCLA and the City," Carnesale said.
In 2002, Carnesalelaunched the UCLA in LA initiative, which is housed in the Office of theChancellor. Through its Center for Community Partnerships, UCLA in LA hascreated 80 partnerships between UCLA faculty and community organizationsworking to support economic development; children, youth and families; and artsand culture. The programs are funded with $2.1 million in private fundingraised by UCLA.
UCLA arts programs, through UCLA Live, theFowler Museum, Hammer Museum and many other performance-based efforts throughthe top-ranked School of the Arts and Architecture and School of Theater, Filmand Television, have achieved world‑class status in recent years, andattract more than half a million visitors each year. This fall, UCLA will openthe nation's premier dance center for teaching and performance, Glorya Kaufman Hall, and the newly renovated GeffenPlayhouse. In spring 2006, UCLA will open the EdytheL. and Eli Broad Center, a new home for the university's internationallyrenowned visual arts programs.
UCLA is situated on 419 acres and is the smallest of the UCcampuses. Its capital program is the largest in the UC system. During Carnesale's tenure, UCLA has completed, or has underconstruction, more than $3 billion in capital projects, including the RonaldReagan UCLA Medical Center, which will be the nation's most advanced patientcare hospital. This year saw the opening of a new Physics and Astronomybuilding and of La Kretz Hall, UCLA's firstenvironmentally certified "green" building, as well as other criticalrenovation and new construction projects that will help secure UCLA'spreeminence in functionality and beauty.
Throughout this period, UCLA Athletics has continued itscomprehensive excellence. Overall, UCLA Athletics teams have won 97 nationalchampionships, more than any other NCAA Division I college or university,including 22 championships since the 1997–98 academic year.
"The accomplishments of the university during this periodrepresent the work of an outstanding leadership team, as well as the thousandsof superb faculty and staff to whom I owe a great debt of gratitude," Carnesale said. "I look forward to continuing our worktogether over the next year, and to being a member of the UCLA family forever."
An active teacher andlecturer, Carnesale holds professorial appointmentsin the School of Public Affairs and in the Henry SamueliSchool of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA. He is the author orco-author of six books and more than 50 scholarly articles on subjectsincluding the control of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction,international energy issues, and the effects of technological change on foreignand defense policy. Carnesale is a member of theAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. Hehas represented the United States government in high-level negotiations ondefense and energy issues, including the Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, SALTI, with the Soviet Union.