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UCLA hires Pasadena city manager as administrative vice chancellor

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Michael Beck
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Michael Beck

UCLA has named longtime city and university administrator Michael Beck as its administrative vice chancellor. He will oversee buildings and grounds, student housing and dining facilities, public safety and a broad range of other support services and operations.

Beck is currently the city manager of Pasadena, California, and he previously worked at the city of Riverside, California, and at UC Riverside.

He assumes leadership of the UCLA administrative division on March 1, 2016. The division comprises eight units: campus police, environment health and safety, campus human resources, housing and hospitality services, facilities management, transportation and events, information technology services and the central ticket office. The division is UCLA’s largest, with more than 4,400 employees and a budget of approximately $625 million.

“Chancellor Gene Block and I are confident that Michael will be an extraordinary addition to the campus leadership team,” said Scott Waugh, UCLA’s executive vice chancellor and provost. “He is a strong leader and skilled administrator with demonstrated success in strategically leading complex organizations in the public sector, and he has championed a culture that emphasizes customer service.”

Beck has been Pasadena’s senior administrator since 2008, with responsibility for overall operation of the city government, including a $685 million budget and 2,000 employees in 14 departments including police and fire, planning, finance, and water and power. He guided the development of a financial plan to reverse an operating deficit, spearheaded an economic development effort that advances Pasadena as a leading center of innovation and design, invested in public infrastructure and facilities, increased the use of technology to serve the public and played a key role in the renovation and historic preservation of the Rose Bowl, home to UCLA football.

“UCLA is a vibrant campus where amazing innovation happens every day,” Beck said. “While I will miss the people of Pasadena, this is an extraordinary opportunity to join one of the world’s best universities and to help support its mission of teaching, research and service.”

Prior to working in Pasadena, Beck served as Riverside’s assistant city manager (from 2004 to 2008) and deputy city manager (2001–04). He also worked in various capacities at UC Riverside, including as the director of economic development and real estate services, and as director of new initiatives and special programs.

Beck, 50, earned a bachelor’s degree in business economics and an MBA from UC Riverside. He is president of the California chapter of the International City/County Management Association and serves on committees for the League of California Cities.

Beck succeeds Jack Powazek, who retired in July after more than 40 years of service to UCLA in various capacities, including as administrative vice chancellor since 2011.

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