Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef

Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef

Chancellor Emeritus Larry Vanderhoef

Larry N. Vanderhoef, one of the nation’s longest-serving university leaders, transitioned to chancellor emeritus on Aug. 17, 2009, after serving as UC Davis’ chancellor for 15 years.

In his 25 years of campus leadership — first as provost/executive vice chancellor and then as chancellor — UC Davis grew by nearly every measure: student population, faculty, rankings, facilities, research funding and stature.

He made good on an inaugural promise to build a world-class performing arts center at UC Davis — just one of numerous state-of-the-art facilities constructed on his watch — and led the university itself to a more prominent place on the world stage. 

Thousands of Interstate 80 commuters daily pass by his realized vision of an impressive and welcoming new south entry to campus, including the soaring Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science, a conference center and hotel and the soon-to-be-constructed Shrem Museum of Art.

Especially gratifying to Vanderhoef was the transformation of an ailing county hospital into the academically distinguished UC Davis Health System, located on the university’s Sacramento campus. He oversaw the health system’s development, first as its governing body and subsequently as chancellor. In particular, he was an early champion of telemedicine and valued the contributions of nursing—his mother’s calling—to health care.

As chancellor emeritus, he is teaching an undergraduate biology course at UC Davis and at National Taiwan University, serves on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, chaired the California Public Utilities Commission’s Independent Review Panel investigating the 2010 San Bruno Gas Explosion, and is writing a book about his 25 years on the 5th floor of Mrak Hall.