Provost and executive vice president at the University of Rochester, Ralph Kuncl will now take over as president at the University of Redlands in California.
Ralph Kuncl, who has served as provost and executive vice president of the University of Rochester since August of 2007, was named Saturday as president of the University of Redlands in California.
“Ralph Kuncl has been an outstanding provost for the past five years," said Joel Seligman, University of Rochester president. "He has provided outstanding academic leadership by encouraging top-quality appointments and leadership in research, especially in our partnership with IBM and establishment of the Health Sciences Center for Computational Innovation."
“Ralph has long been ready to assume a significant university presidency,” Seligman said. “The University of Redlands is an exciting university on an upward trajectory, and all of us at Rochester are delighted that Ralph has been selected to lead Redlands at this important time. We wish him every success."
“The challenges our nation faces today require educated and engaged citizens who can make enlightened and responsible choices," Kuncl said. "This makes our universities more vital and more necessary than ever. So it is with great humility that I accept the stewardship of a university so committed to creating the next generation of leaders."
As Rochester’s provost, Kuncl led or directed initiatives in high performance computing, corporate research collaborations, multidisciplinary initiatives, diversity and online education. He also was responsible for review of university deans, the university library, faculty promotion and tenure decisions, sustainability and faculty-driven learning assessment initiatives.
“Ralph Kuncl has been an outstanding provost of our University,” said Hugo Sonnenschein, a member of Rochester’s Board of Trustees and a former president of the University of Chicago. "The University of Redlands attracted an educational leader of the highest stature. We will miss Ralph and Nancy, but we will take great pride in their successes at Redlands.”