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Hampshire College president Ralph Hexter named provost at UC Davis

University of California Davis
November 24, 2010
Ralph J. Hexter, a respected university administrator, scholar in classics and comparative literature, and former executive dean at the University of California, Berkeley, is leaving the presidency of Hampshire College and returning to California to become UC Davis’ provost and executive vice chancellor.

Hexter officially assumes his new post on Jan. 1, after UC President Mark G. Yudof and UC Regent Bruce Varner, chair of the UC Board of Regents Committee on Compensation, approved the appointment on Nov. 22. The action will be reported to the full board of regents at its January 2011 meeting.

As provost and executive vice chancellor, Hexter will serve as the No. 2 person in the UC Davis administration and report directly to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. He will be the university’s chief academic officer and, in that post, he will represent the chancellor in her absence and serve as the chancellor's principal liaison to the Academic Senate.

“Our nationwide search for UC Davis’ next provost attracted extraordinary candidates, and Ralph Hexter rose to the top of that list,” Katehi said.

“Ralph’s resume offers an impressive record as an administrator and scholar who has inspired excellence throughout his career. We are fortunate and proud that we soon will be able to count him among our colleagues.”

Since 2005, Hexter has served as president of Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., a selective liberal arts college with 1,500 students and 95 full-time faculty.
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