Jun 2, 2020

Dear colleagues,

Associate Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Jeff Lefkoff has announced that he plans to retire on June 30, 2020. On behalf of Chancellor Gillman and the entire UCI community, I want to thank Jeff for his valued contributions and years of service.

Since joining UCI in 2015, Jeff has worked closely with academic and administrative leaders to provide decision support, executive counsel and administrative oversight on a wide range of complex policy, resource and personnel priorities throughout the campus, including facilitation of academic programs, campus operations, business process improvements and change initiatives.

Jeff has served as a member of both the Chancellor’s Cabinet and the Provost’s Cabinet and as administrative lead for the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. In this capacity, his guidance and collaboration has contributed to the advancement of UCI’s key campus strategic goals, including growing and diversifying the faculty, increasing the impact of the research enterprise, improving student access, supporting the development of UCI Health, and enhancing the visibility of UCI in the Orange County region and beyond.

During Jeff’s tenure, UCI was recognized as the No. 1 university contributing to social mobility, celebrated its 50th anniversary, became a Hispanic-serving institution and received more California freshman applications than any other UC campus. We also brought on 11 new deans and five vice chancellors, added the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing, and laid the groundwork for schools of pharmacy and public health.

Jeff first joined the UC in 2002 at UC Davis, where he served in a variety of administrative roles in dean’s offices and central Planning and Budget before becoming executive assistant dean in the College of Engineering. Prior to his career with the UC, he worked for 15 years in the private sector as co-owner of a water resources consulting business.

Please join me in extending our warmest appreciation to Jeff for his exemplary service to UCI and wishing him well in his next chapter.


Hal S. Stern, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics