Suggested Introduction for Chancellor Gary S. May
Chancellor May is a highly engaged leader with a passion for helping others succeed. He believes success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others.
Throughout his career, he’s championed diversity, equity and inclusion in both higher education and the workplace. He’s developed nationally recognized programs that attract, mentor and retain underrepresented groups in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math.
Chancellor May believes in the positive impact academia and industry have when they partner for the common good. He launched Aggie Square in April 2018 to spur economic growth in Sacramento and help create jobs at a variety of education levels.
In 2015, President Obama honored him with the Presidential Award for Excellence in STEM Mentoring. He was inducted to the National Academy of Engineering in September 2018 for his successful diversity efforts and his innovations in semiconductor manufacturing.
As UC Davis’ seventh chancellor, his vision is to lead UC Davis to new heights in academic excellence, inclusion, public service and upward mobility for students from all backgrounds.
He previously served as dean of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering, the largest and most diverse school of its kind in the nation.
Chancellor May earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering and computer science at UC Berkeley. He’s won numerous awards for his research in computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits.
He traces his interest in engineering back to his childhood Lego and Erector sets, along with Star Trek and science fiction heroes like Iron Man. He lives in Davis with his wife, LeShelle, a software engineer for CNN.
Please welcome Chancellor Gary May.