George Blumenthal

George Blumenthal

Chancellor

George Blumenthal is UC Santa Cruz’s 10th chancellor. He joined the campus in 1972 as a professor of astronomy and astrophysics. His appointment followed many years as a distinguished professor, researcher, and campus leader; he held several key leadership roles in the University of California system, as well. During 2004-2005, Blumenthal served as chair of the UC Academic Senate. He was faculty representative to the UC Regents from 2003 to 2005, and he chaired the UC Santa Cruz division of the Academic Senate from 2001 to 2003. Earlier, he served as department chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Blumenthal serves widely on many governing boards in science, technology, and education. In higher education, Blumenthal is a member of the UC Planning Committee for Doctoral and Professional Education, a member of the UC Presidential Task Force for Post Employment Benefits, and chairman of the Joint Graduate Board of the UC and California State University systems. Earlier, he served on the UC Long Range Guidance Committee and the UC Diversity Study Group, where he chaired a subgroup focused on graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. In Silicon Valley, Blumenthal is chairman of University Associates – Silicon Valley LLC, chair of the Silicon Valley Higher Education Roundtable, and a board member of the high-tech industry organizations Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Joint Venture Silicon Valley. He earned his bachelor of science at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and his Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, San Diego.