Chancellor, University of California, Riverside
Kim A. Wilcox was appointed as UC Riverside’s ninth chancellor in August 2013. Since then, he has spurred a new era of growth of the campus, embarking on the expansion of the faculty; development of new facilities for research, teaching, and public service; and a new emphasis on institutional globalization.
Wilcox is a long-time national advocate for increased access to quality higher education, and for the particular role public universities play in the United States. 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 participated in the 2014 White House College Opportunity Day of Action, at which President Barack Obama recognized the Riverside County Education Collaborative and the participation of UCR and regional school districts in improving the pipeline from K-12 to two- and four-year colleges.
UC Riverside, with nearly 23,000 students, hosts the most diverse student population of any major research university in the nation, and has received acclaim for student outcomes. Wilcox, himself, was a first-generation college-going student, matriculating at Michigan State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Audiology and Speech Sciences. He also holds MS and PhD degrees in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Purdue University.
Prior to UC Riverside, Wilcox served in senior positions at Michigan State University and the University of Kansas, and began his academic career at the University of Missouri.
As provost of Michigan State from 2005 to July 2013, Wilcox implemented major institutional restructuring and strategic positioning initiatives, broadened international research collaborations, redesigned undergraduate student support programs, and facilitated the growth of research programs, significantly increasing grants and contracts activity. 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.
Wilcox began his career on the faculty at the University of Missouri. He then spent 14 years on the faculty of the University of Kansas, including 10 as Chair of the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing. In addition to previous service as Special Counsel to the Chancellor at the University of Kansas, Wilcox is a past University of Kansas Vice Chancellor Fellow and a Fellow of the American Council on Education. In 1991 he initiated the Native American training program in speech-language pathology in collaboration with Haskell Indian Nations University. He has published extensively in the area of developmental speech acoustics, is the recipient of several teaching awards, and has directed teaching, research, and service projects funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.