Irvine: Administrative Officers
Daniel Gaskill Aldrich, Jr., 1962-84
Gaskill Aldrich, Jr. was named first chancellor of the Irvine campus
in 1962. Born in Northwood, New Hampshire, on July 12, 1918, he
received the B.S. degree in 1939 from the University of Rhode Island,
the M.S. degree in 1941 from the University of Arizona, and the
Ph.D. degree in 1943 from the University of Wisconsin. Joining the
University in 1943 as a junior chemist at the Citrus Experiment
Station at Riverside, he progressed to the rank of chemist in the
Agricultural Experiment Station and in 1955 was appointed professor
of soils and chairman of the Department of Soils and Plant Nutrition
at Berkeley and Davis. In 1958, he was named dean of the Universitywide
Division of Agricultural Sciences and served in that capacity until
1963. He left the Irvine chancellorship in 1984 and was appointed
acting chancellor at Riverside following Chancellor Rivera's death.
He later served as interim chancellor at Santa Barbara from 1986-87.
He died in 1990. source
Jack W. Peltason, 1984-92
Jack W. Peltason was born on August 29, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri.
He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of
Missouri, and a Ph.D. from Princeton University. His first teaching
job was at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, from 1947
to 1951. That was followed by a faculty post at the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where in 1960 he was named dean of
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In 1964, Peltason was recruited to help
build UC's new Irvine campus and served as UCI's first academic
vice chancellor. He was wooed back to the University of Illinois
in 1967 as chancellor, during a turbulent period of student unrest.
He held that job for 10 years, until 1977 when he was appointed
president of the American Council on Education in Washington, D.C.,
a national organization of colleges and universities.
In 1984, he returned to UCI as Chancellor, the
second in the campus's 26-year history. He served in that capacity
until 1992, when he assumed the office of UC President, a position
he held until 1995. source
Laurel L. Wilkening, 1993-98
Laurel L. Wilkening was appointed by the
Regents on January 15, 1993, as the third Irvine Chancellor, as
well as the third female chancellor in UC's 125 year history. Before
coming to Irvine, Wilkening was the academic provost at the University
of Washington, where she won praise for her efforts to improve undergraduate
education. A planetary scientist, she earned a bachelor's degree
in chemistry at Reed College in 1966 and a Ph.D. in chemistry at
UC San Diego in 1970. She then spent 16 years as a faculty member
and administrator at the University of Arizona before going to Washington
in 1988. In 1990, she served as vice chair of the Advisory Committee
on the Future of the U.S. Space Program. In 1991, she was appointed
chair of the Vice President's Space Policy Advisory Board. source
Ralph J. Cicerone, 1998-
Ralph J. Cicerone was born in Pennsylvania
and received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from
the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and both his master's
and doctoral degrees from the University of Illinois. He began his
teaching career at the University of Michigan as a research scientist
and member of the faculty in electrical and computer engineering.
In 1978, he joined the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San
Diego as a research chemist. From 1980-89, he was a senior scientist
and director of the Atmospheric Chemistry Division at the National
Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He joined
the UCI faculty in 1989 as the Daniel G. Aldrich Professor of Earth
System Science, and he chaired the Department of Earth System Science
until 1994. For the next four years, he served as the Dean of the
School of Physical Sciences. In 1998, he became Chancellor of UCI.