Minutes from November 21, 2017 Open Board Meeting-Dr. Kim Wilcox, Chancellor, UCR

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Open Board of Directors Meeting

Norton Event Center
1601 E. Third St., Suite 138
San Bernardino, CA 92408



Present:   Deborah Barmack, Carole Beswick, Tom Brickley, Mike Burrows. Ken Coate, Scott Hofferber, Mark Kaenel, Lowell King, John Mirau, Dan Murphy, Elizabeth Romero, Kristine Scott, Paul Shimoff and Kim Wilcox 

Guests: Adam Eventov, Karen Feld, and Frank Reyes. 

Announcements: 1) Please bring a new or gently used book appropriate for children up to 18 years old to meetings, where there are collection bins.  The book donation supports the Inland Empire Children’s Book Project. 2) First notice was given of membership proposal for Building Industry Association, Baldy View Chapter.  Carlos Rodriguez, CEO would serve as the member.  For more information about the BIA please visit their web site at: http://www.biabuild.com/our-chapter/

M/S/P: Minutes of November 14, 2017.

Paul Shimoff introduced Dr. Kim Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside (UCR).

Kim Wilcox discussed where UCR is now and their aspirations for the future. Since he came to UCR in 2013, they have experienced growth in many areas.

  • Instructors-They have increased instructors knowing that this is the key factor over all others when students select a school.
  • Student enrollment-Steadily increasing they now have 20,069 undergraduates and 3,209 graduate students.
  • Facilities-A new 179,000 sq. ft. research building will house “open” lab space that can be reconfigured for many different uses, office space and meeting rooms.
    • Research funding through grants and contracts is now at $144.5M
  • Programs-The School of Medicine School and the School of Public Policy are both successful and are addressing recognized shortages in the IE.
    • The 1st graduating class in the School of Medicine has experienced 100% placement in residency programs.
    • The School of Public Policy is focused on our local and regional area.

Some interesting facts:

  • Diverse alumni retention in the area-Our talented graduates, a diverse group, predominantly remains in the area. They may drive to L.A. for work but they live here.
  • 1/3 of UCR graduates do not have student debt. The average student debt for the remaining graduates averages $23,000.
    • Exorbitant student debt is typical with those attending the many for-profit and schools.

The need for college education opportunities in Southern California continues to grow but most campuses are land locked and cannot expand. In contrast UCR has almost 1,200 acres, of which 300 acres are developed.  The new North District Housing Community is being built in phases and at completion will accommodate an additional 4,000-6,000 students.   Phase 1 is planned to open by fall of 2020. UCR recently resumed their capital campaign with a goal of $300M ($182M has already been pledged).  Funding for growth is critical and a large base is needed as they greatly rely on private giving.

UCR has a growing national reputation and has been recognized by numerous national studies and publications.   They are consistently ranked as one of the most ethnically and economically diverse universities in the United States.  Diversity in graduation percentages: the national graduation rates for African Americans is 40% and 54% for Latinos.  The UCR graduation rates averages 70% across all ethnicities.

They recently had the ground breaking for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) lab. UCR has envisioned that they will soon have the top researchers with doctors, engineers and chemists all collaborating on their campus.

UCR is committed to spreading the word to make business and large companies aware that the talent they want is here. Two programs are advancing this goal:

  • ExCITE is a unique acceleration program, created in collaboration between business leaders, the City and County of Riverside and the University of California Riverside. Meant to be an incubator for economic development, the program works with start-up companies in the region to increase high-tech jobs.
  • EPIC involves numerous community partnerships, and its programming and facilities will be made available to UCR students and faculty, and entrepreneurs outside of campus.

A Q & A period followed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:32 am.