University of California Merced announced on Monday that Chancellor Dorothy Leland will retire on August 15,2019.
Leland took over as UC Merced’s third Chancellor back in 2011 when the school was only six years old. In the beginning, Leland said many people doubted that the college would ever be able to expand or succeed. This pushed Leland to work harder and encourage her surrounding team to believe if there is a will there is a way.
“My provost reminded me in a meeting this morning, when I was telling my senior team that I was going to retire,” said Leland. “He said one of the things you said about two months after you were here was, ‘What the campus needs was space and hope.”
Over Leland’s tenure, enrollment increased by more than 4,000 students, four new majors were added, close to 130 falulty were hired and the 2020 Merced project went from being an idea to a reality.
“That is a new building,” Leland said. “The one behind that one is a new building.”
Merced 2020 is a project that cost over $1 billion and consists of three phases that doubles the size of the campus, adds new classrooms, labs and housing by 2020.
When asked if she had regrets she stated no matter the success there is always things she wishes would have done better.
She said she will continue to be involved with the local community and university but for right now she wants to focus on her family by spending time with them, especially her new great granddaughter.
Leland’s retirement will become official in August. UC Merced plans on annoucing the interm Chancellor this Thurdsay.