Date: 15th May 2012
Khosla, who grew up in Mumbai and moved to the US after graduation, will replace Marye Anne Fox to become the eighth chancellor of UC, San Diego
Pradeep K. Khosla, Dean of Carnegie Institute of Technology and an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, has been selected to serve as the Chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.
University of California President Mark G. Yudof who selected Khosla for the position, said "Khosla will bring to UC San Diego a distinctive set of attributes that will enable the university to build on the excellence that has made it one of the top institutions of higher learning in the world. He is a time-tested, oft-honored researcher, an innovative educator dedicated to improving the quality of life for students, faculty and staff, and an entrepreneurial leader with a global vision and proven fundraising abilities." Khosla emerged as the top candidate after an international search. He will replace Marye Anne Fox who will be leaving the post on Aug 1.
"In slightly more than 50 years, UC San Diego, under the leadership of Marye Anne Fox and her predecessors, has become one of the world's top universities," Khosla said. "I feel fortunate, humbled and energized to have the opportunity to contribute to that excellence while embracing the challenges of integrating world-class research with an undergraduate educational experience that will remain accessible to all, regardless of family income."
Khosla, grew up in Mumbai and completed his graduation from IIT Kharagpur in 1980, with a degree in electrical engineering. He did his MS and PhD in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon.
He has been the Dean of Carnegie Institute of Technology also known as Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering for eight years. As the Dean, he has been involved with undergraduate curriculum reform, diversity efforts and multidisciplinary research. He has also been involved in launching international programmes in China, Japan, Korea, Portugal, and Rwanda. During his tenure the institute was ranked sixth in the US (US News and World Report Survey-2011), and 12th internationally ( Times Higher Education World University Rankings-2011-12)