University of California, Riverside


About the Chancellor

Kim A. Wilcox

Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox

Kim A. Wilcox was appointed UC Riverside’s ninth chancellor in August 2013.

As UC Riverside’s chief executive officer, Wilcox oversees a campus of more than 23,000 students, 850 faculty members, and 8,700 academic and administrative staff members. During his tenure, UC Riverside has seen historic growth across its education, research, and public service missions, including record improvements in student success, research funding, and philanthropic giving as well as the establishment of new schools of medicine and public policy.

Guided by UC Riverside’s long-term strategic plan, Wilcox has initiated an ambitious effort to grow the faculty and the campus’s physical facilities. Over the last four years, UCR has grown its faculty by nearly 200, while increasing the racial, ethnic, and gender diversity among incoming faculty members. Likewise, UC Riverside has begun construction on a 180,000 square foot multidisciplinary research building, helped bring the California Air Resources Board Southern California headquarters to Riverside, and started the planning for a multi-thousand bed student housing development on the campus.

Under Wilcox’s leadership, UC Riverside has become a national model for achieving student success, particularly across socio-economic and ethnic categories. Since 2013, four-year graduation rates at UC Riverside have increased by 11 percentage points and six-year rates by 7 points. In 2016, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recognized this achievement with their “Project Degree Completion Award,” which goes to one university nationwide that has demonstrated innovation in student success. In 2017, the Education Trust, a national non-profit that advocates for academic success, named UC Riverside among 18 institutions nationwide doing the most to promote the success of African-American students. UCR’s six-year graduation rate among African American students is 32 percentage points higher than the national average. UC Riverside is one of the few institutions nationwide that has eliminated graduation-rate gaps across income levels and ethnicity.

Wilcox is a long-time national advocate for increased access to quality higher education and for the particular role public universities play in the U.S. He is a frequent commentator on the subject, having published pieces in Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report,and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Under his leadership, UC Riverside became a charter member of the University Innovation Alliance, a collaboration of major public research universities in America seeking to improve student graduation rates and outcomes across all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Wilcox has been an active participant on a variety of higher education advisory boards and committees. He currently serves on the NCAA Presidential Forum and as a member of the board of directors for the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, an APLU-affiliated organization focused on enhancing the engagement of urban universities to promote opportunity in the nation’s cities. He serves on the APLU’s US-Mexico Committee and previously served as a member of the APLU executive board and chaired the APLU’s Commission on Information Management and Assessment. Wilcox is also a member of the Council on Competitiveness, a nonpartisan organization consisting of university presidents, CEOs, labor leaders, and national lab directors working to promote innovation and growth in the U.S. economy.

From 2005 to 2013, he served as provost at Michigan State. Previously, he was dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, from 2002 to 2005, and president and chief executive officer of the Kansas Board of Regents from 1999 to 2002. He also spent ten years as the chair of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing at the University of Kansas. Wilcox began his career on the faculty at the University of Missouri.

HIs research focuses on speech acoustics, and he has directed teaching, research, and service projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. In 2016, he received the College of Health and Human Services Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University, was named a “Diversity Champion” by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in 2009, and received the College of Communication Arts and Sciences Outstanding Alumni Award from Michigan State in 2006. He was named a fellow of the American Council on Education in 1996. While on the faculty of the University of Kansas, he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and he was twice honored as Outstanding Teacher in Speech Pathology/Audiology at the University of Missouri.

A first-generation college graduate, Wilcox attended Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in audiology and speech sciences. He also holds master’s and doctoral degrees in speech and hearing sciences from Purdue University.


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University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
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