Curriculum vitae

Professional address

Office of the Chancellor Emeritus
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, California 95616-8558
Phone: (530) 752-7909
Fax: (530) 752-7907


  • 1964: B.S. (Biology and Chemistry Education), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 1965: M.S. (Plant Physiology), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • 1969: Ph.D. (Plant Biochemistry and Physiology), Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana

Professional positions

  • 1969-70: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1971-73 (summers): Research Associate, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • 1970-80: Assistant Professor (1970-74), Associate Professor (1974-77), and Professor and Head (1977-80), Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 1974-77: Executive Officer of Biology Programs, School of Life Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana
  • 1976-77: Carnegie Institute of Washington Visiting Investigator, Department of Plant Biology, Stanford University
  • 1978 (summer): Visiting Investigator, Department of Botany, Edinburgh University, Scotland (with Dr. A. Trewavas)
  • 1980-84: Professor, Department of Botany, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1980-84: Provost, Division of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park
  • 1984: Visiting Lecturer, National Taiwan University
  • 1984-94:  Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, University of California, Davis
  • 1984-94: Governing Body, UC Davis Medical Center
    The Governing Body is the single-member "Board of Trustees" of the UCDMC Hospital and Clinics, with final authority over all activities.
  • 1987: Eisenhower Fellow, Taiwan
  • 1994-2009: Chancellor, University of California, Davis
  • 2007: Honorary Professorship, China Agricultual University, Beijing, China
  • 2009-15: Chancellor Emeritus and Distinguished Professor, University of California, Davis
  • 2011:  Faculty member, National Taiwan University, College of Life Sciences, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2012-15: Honorary Chair Professor, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung, Taiwan


  • Purdue Distinguished Agricultural Alumni Award, April 22, 1994
  • The Anti-Defamation League Distinguished Community Service Award, May 25, 1999
  • Honorary doctoral degrees, Purdue University, May 13, 2000; Inje University, Korea, April 2002
  • Prelude to the Season Outstanding Contribution Award, Arts and Business Council of Sacramento, October 2003
  • One of the “20 People Who Made a Difference” in the Sacramento region in the prior 20 years, Sacramento Business Journal, June 2004
  • Sacramentan of the Year, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, November 2004
  • Northern California International Leadership Award, Northern California World Trade Center and California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, April 2006
  • Tribute to Community Award, Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce, July 2006
  • Honorary Member, World Innovation Foundation, 2006
  • Honorary Member, Phi Beta Kappa Society, May 2007
  • Martin Luther King Lifetime Leadership Award, Sacramento Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Fund dinner, January 2009
  • Legacy of Leadership Regional Economic Award, Valley Vision ($5,000 award donated to Boys and Girls Club of Sacramento), May 2009
  • American Society of Plant Biologists, Fellow of ASPB Award, July 2009
  • Los Rios Community College Board of Trustees Crystal Apple Award, August 2009
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Council on American-Islamic Relations-Sacramento Valley Chapter (CAIR-SV), November 2009
  • The Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellowship Award, May 2010
  • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Award of Distinction, University of California, Davis, October 2011
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, November 2011
  • American Leadership Forum 2013 Exemplary Leader Award, November 2013

Professional societies

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1965-2015
  • American Society of Plant Physiologists, 1965-2015; Secretary-Treasurer, Midwest Section, 1979-81 (resigned, 1980); Treasurer, 1983-88; Executive Committee, 1983-88, 1993-97; Board of Trustees, 1983-88, 1993 97, Chair 1993-97; Public Affairs Committee, 1984; Chair, Committee to Establish a "Plant Cell" Journal, 1986-87
  • National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC), 1980-2009; Water Resources Committee, 1981-85; Marine Division Delegate, 1985; Council on University Relations and Development, 1985-86; Academic Affairs Council, 1991-94; Presidents’ Council, 1994-98
  • Kellogg Commission, 1995-1999
  • Association of American Universities, 1997-2009; Board of Directors; various committees

Consulting and review activities

Major National Review Teams, Committees and Panels:

  • Developmental Biology Advisory Panel. National Science Foundation, 1978¬ 1980. Additional duty, May 1983 Panel
  • Advisory Panel, "Funding of Basic Research in the DOE." Department of Energy, May 1978
  • Chair, site review committee, Botany Department, University of Minnesota, April 1979
  • Site review committee. Plant Hormones and Regulators Laboratory, USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, June 1981
  • Site review. DOE Oak Ridge National Laboratory-supported research at MSU/DOE Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University, September 1981
  • Panel member, NSF President’s Young Investigator Awards. National Science Foundation, 1983, 1984
  • Advisory Committee, NSF-NIH National Survey of Academic Research Instruments and Instrumentation Needs (Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences). November 1983; December 1984. Nationally distributed publication: Academic Research Equipment and Equipment Needs in the Biological and Medical Sciences, NIH, April 1985
  • Chair, Review Team, University of Maryland, College Park, Agriculture and Life Sciences, 1989
  • Chair, Accreditation Review Team, San Diego State University, 1993
  • The Kellogg Commission on Higher Education (23 university presidents and chancellors), 1996-2001
  • NASULGC (National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges)
    • Chair, ad hoc Task Force on Funding Agricultural Research, 1998-99
    • Member, Committee on Food and Society (follow-up on the report of the Task Force on Funding Agricultural Research), 1999-2004
    • Chair-Elect, Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources, 2000-2001, Chair 2002-2003
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2000-2004
    • Member, International Advocacy Coordinating Committee (IACC) President’s Advisory Committee, 2000-2006
  • Chair, Accreditation Review Team, University of Hawaii, 1999
  • Member, NSF Advisory Committee for the Biological Sciences, 1999-2004
  • Chair, Accreditation Review Team, University of Utah, 2006
  • Member, Review Team, Five-Year Review of President C. Dan Mote, University of Maryland-College Park, May 2006
  • External Reviewer, Proposals to Enhance the Mission and Organization of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI), May 2009
  • Member, External Review Team, Transdisciplinary Research Initiative, University of Vermont, March 2010
  • National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, U.S. Department of Education, 2010-2014
  • Chair, Independent Panel appointed by the California Public Utilities Commission to investigate the September 23, 2010, San Bruno Gas Explosion, 2010-11

Editorial Boards, Executive Committees, Boards of Trustees:

  • Plant Physiology Editorial Board, January 1977-December 1982
  • Technical Board, Institute of International Development and Education in Agriculture and Life Science (IDEALS), Washington, D.C., 1983-84
  • American Society of Plant Physiologists Executive Committee, 1983-88; 1993-96
  • American Society of Plant Physiologists Board of Trustees, 1983-88; Chair, 1993-96
  • Board of Control, United States National Bureau of Standards/University of Maryland Center for Advanced Research in Biotechnology, 1984
  • Advisory Board, Center for Agricultural Biotechnology, Maryland Biotechnology Center, 1988-92
  • Executive Committee and Governing Board, California Biomedical Research Association, 1990-92
  • Executive Committee, Western College Association, 1993-97
  • Board member, LEED Sacramento (Linking Education and Economic Development), 1993-2009
  • Board member, Emerging Technologies Institute (ETI), 1994-95
  • Board member, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 1994-97
  • Board member, Valley Vision (Sacramento Regional Planning), 1996-2009
  • Sacramento Bee Regional Forum, 1996-97
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accrediting Commission, 1997-2003; 2007-10
  • Steering Committee, Research! California, partnership of the California Biomedical Research Association, the California Society for Biomedical Research and Research! America, 1998
  • Accrediting Commission for Community/Junior Colleges (ACCJC), 2003-06
  • The National Academies, Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2006-08
  • Board member, Habitat for Humanity of Yolo County (now Greater Sacramento), 2009-14
  • Board member, Building Bridges:  Egypt/Israel/USA connection, 2009-15
  • UC Post-Employment Benefits Task Force Steering Committee, 2009-10
  • UC Post-Employment Benefits Task Force Work Group on Retiree Health Benefits, 2009-10
  • Mondavi Center Advisory Board, University of California, Davis, 2010-15
  • Mondavi Center Advisory Board Executive Committee, University of California, Davis, 2011-15
  • Mondavi Center Strategic Planning Committee, University of California, Davis, 2014-15
  • School of Education Board of Advisors, University of California, Davis, 2011-15
  • Board member, Academics Without Borders USA, 2014-15