UC President Mark Yudof has awarded former UC president and UC San Diego chancellor Richard Atkinson the UC Presidential Medal, officials announced Monday.
“Richard has re-defined the relationship between academia and industry, re-shaped the field of university administration and helped revolutionize scholarly disciplines ranging from experimental psychology to applied mathematics,” Yudof said upon presenting the award Aug. 27, according to a UC press release published Monday. “He successfully realized this university’s three-part mission of high-quality academics, full-throated access and unprecedented public service to its greatest extent. San Diego, California and the United States have all been the better for it.”
Atkinson served as UC president from 1995 to 2003 and as the chancellor of UC San Diego from 1980 to 1995.
The UC Presidential Medal is “a way to recognize extraordinary contributions to the University of California or the community of learning,” according to the press release.
Sarah Burns is the university news editor. Contact her at [email protected]
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