Gene Block

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Gene Block

Chancellor, UCLA

Quick Facts

Los Angeles, California
46,000 Students

As UCLA chancellor since 2007, Gene Block oversees the university’s three-part mission of education, research and service. He has defined academic excellence, civic engagement, diversity and financial security as his top priorities.

Chancellor Block also holds faculty appointments in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the UCLA College. An expert in neuroscience, his research focuses on the neurobiology of circadian rhythms.

Before becoming chancellor of UCLA, Block spent 29 years at the University of Virginia, where he was most recently vice president and provost. He has served on the executive boards of several leading organizations, including the Association of American Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and Association of Pacific Rim Universities.