June 19, 2015

Dear Members of our Campus Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Margaret Klawunn as our next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, effective September 1, 2015, pending UC Presidential and Regental approval.

This appointment is the result of an extensive national search. I am grateful to our search advisory committee, chaired by Professor Cynthia Stohl, for its diligent work, thoughtful advice, wisdom, and vision. The members of the committee are listed below. I would also like to thank our students, Academic Senate, administrative and staff colleagues, and all the members of our campus community who provided important consultation, input, and advice throughout this search process.

Dr. Klawunn is currently the Vice President for Campus Life and Student Services at Brown University. She serves as the Senior Officer responsible for the programs, services, and facilities that support the co-curricular experience of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, including residential life, health and psychological services, dining, athletics, Chaplain’s Office, Brown Center for Students of Color, Women’s Center, LGBTQ Center, accessibility services, student activities, and student life. Dr. Klawunn oversees 590 employees and a $95-million budget, including three auxiliary operations. She is an appointed member of the President’s Cabinet and works with University trustees on the Campus Life Corporation Committee. She also served as the Acting Dean of the College during the 2013-14 academic year and was responsible for the undergraduate academic program. She served as one of the Senior Deans reporting to the Provost, was responsible for a $35-million budget, and supervised 70 employees, including deans and directors who support undergraduate education. She continues to serve as a Senior Associate Dean of the College and has since 2011.

Dr. Klawunn currently serves on numerous campus committees, including the President’s Executive Committee, Senior Deans, Campus Safety Task Force, and the Diversity Advisory Board, in addition to many others, and is co-chair of the Campus Life Advisory Board.

Dr. Klawunn has been at Brown since 1996. She served as the Director of the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center from 1996-2000. From 2000-2004, she served as the Associate Dean of the College before becoming the Associate Vice President for Campus Life/Dean of Student Life in 2004. From 1996-2007, she also served as a lecturer in English and Gender Studies. Before coming to Brown, she was the Director of Special Projects in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and a lecturer in Women’s Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers University. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College, in addition to a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Rutgers University.

We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Dr. Michael Young for the extraordinary leadership and service he has provided for the past 25 years and the timely leadership Dr. Mary Jacob has provided the last six months.

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Klawunn as our next Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. We appreciate the vision, experience, and leadership she brings to this vitally important position.


Henry T. Yang