Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Manuel Gomez announced his retirement Monday.
The email sent out:
Vice Chancellor Manuel N. Gomez has announced his retirement at
the end of August, capping an exemplary 38-year career at UC Irvine.
In multiple capacities since 1972, Vice Chancellor Gomez has
consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to students, equity,
and access to higher education. Initially a social ecology student at UC
Irvine, he has since served as a counselor in the Educational
Opportunity Program, a program director for the U.S. Department of
Education, an adjunct faculty member in the UCI Department of Education,
and interim vice president for educational relations for the University
of California. For the past fifteen years, he has served as vice
chancellor of student affairs, which is internationally recognized for
co-curricular student service and support.
An innovator in educational collaboration, Vice Chancellor Gomez
helped establish numerous partnership programs, including Project STEP,
which over the past 20 years has substantially broadened access to
higher education. He established the Center for Educational
Partnerships, a systemwide model for educational outreach that currently
serves more than 24,000 students in 200 school districts. In addition to
overseeing UCI’s NSF-funded CAMP program in the sciences, Vice
Chancellor Gomez developed and served as principal investigator
for numerous grants from the Carnegie Foundation, Hewlett Foundation,
Pew Foundation and the Ford Foundation’s Difficult Dialogues Program.
Vice Chancellor Gomez has maintained an unflinching commitment to
the whole student, pursuing collaborative initiatives aimed at enriching
student life on campus. He supported student projects across
disciplinary and ideological spectrums, and developed numerous
mentorship and student leadership opportunities, including the UCI Dalai
Lama Scholarship. He established the Silk Road student exchange with
China, and has been an instrumental sponsor of UCI’s Olive Tree
Initiative, which addresses critical and sensitive issues in the Middle
East. He is a nationally recognized leader on issues of academic freedom
and free speech.
In addition to his impressive list of contributions to our campus, he
has been a valued colleague for all who have had the privilege of
working with him. Details regarding a campus event on the occasion of
his retirement will be forthcoming. In the meantime, please join us in
thanking Vice Chancellor Gómez for his extraordinary service to
Chancellor Michael Drake
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Michael Gottfredson