Blumenthal now UC Santa Cruz’s permanent chancellor


Astrophysicist George Blumenthal, acting chancellor for 14 months at University of California, Santa Cruz, was named the school’s permanent chancellor.

UC Regents announced Blumenthal’s selection Wednesday.

“He’s open, honest and straightforward,” said University of California president Robert Dynes, who recommended Blumenthal to the Regents. The UC Santa Cruz faculty lobbied heavily to have Blumenthal given the permanent job.

Blumenthal, who will be paid $310,000 a year to lead the 15,000-student campus, was named acting chancellor after the suicide of former chancellor Denice Denton.

A public reception for Blumenthal is planned Monday afternoon at the university’s Music Recital Hall.

Information from: Santa Cruz Sentinel,

– Associated Press

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