Howard Gillman, an accomplished administrator and award-winning scholar and teacher, was appointed Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at UC Irvine in June 2013. Beginning July 1, 2014, he will assume the role of Interim Chancellor. He also serves as a professor of political science and law.
As the No. 2 person in campus administration, Gillman is the campus' chief academic and operating officer and assumes primary responsibility for the planning, development, implementation, assessment and improvement of all academic programs, policies and supporting infrastructure including facilities and information technology. Under the direction of the chancellor, he leads the university’s overall strategic planning, develops and implements campus initiatives, works with deans to recruit and retain a diverse and talented faculty, manages the campuswide budget process, and oversees the day to day operations of the campus. In these roles he works closely with the campus' 5 vice chancellors, 12 deans, the University Librarian, CEO of the Medical Center and Academic Senate leadership.
Among his published books are The Constitution Besieged: The Rise and Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence (Duke 1993), The Votes That Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential Election (Chicago 2001), and American Constitutionalism (with Mark Graber and Keith Whittington). He has also co-edited two other volumes and authored more than 40 articles and book chapters. He has received a number of awards for his scholarly contributions, including the C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book in the field of public law and the American Judicature Society Award for best paper presented at a regional or national conference, both bestowed by the Law & Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. He has chaired that section and been honored by it for exceptional service and mentoring. He has also received numerous awards for teaching excellence and dedication to students.
Prior to his appointment at UC Irvine, Gillman was a professor of political science, history and law at the University of Southern California. From 2007 to 2012, he was dean of the USC David & Dana Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.
A native of Southern California, Gillman grew up in North Hollywood and was a first-generation college student. His wife, Ellen, earned a bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego and a master’s and doctorate in psychology at UCLA. They have two children.