The dean of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz Graduate School of Education was named acting chancellor of UC Riverside, it was announced today.
Jane Close Conoley will serve until the appointment of a permanent successor to UCR Chancellor Timothy White, who will become chancellor of the California State University system at the end of December.
Conoley’s appointment will begin Dec. 31, the day after White steps down, UCR spokeswoman Kris Lovekin said.
Conoley became dean of Gevirtz Graduate School of Education in January 2006 after serving for 10 years as dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University, where she was a professor of educational psychology.
She has also taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Syracuse University and Texas Woman’s University and is the author or editor of 21 books.
“I am very pleased that Jane Conoley will serve UCR as interim chancellor,” White said. “She has a keen interest in advancing UCR’s strategic goals, supporting our students, and engaging with our community. Her combination of experience and enthusiasm will serve UCR well during this time of transitional leadership.”