Vice Chancellor John Wiemann is retiring, but we doubt he’s left the University of California, Santa Barbara, scene forever.
For the past 14 years, Wiemann has been the eyes and ears in the community for Chancellor Henry Yang. He’s helped create the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, and he’s shaped community outreach projects on a regionwide basis.He’s run the university’s advancement efforts, raising millions of dollars to help the university remain on a fast track when it comes to new buildings, new faculty and world-class research.
Budget cuts mean that Wiemann won’t be replaced right away — we’d argue that he’s irreplaceable anyway. Our best guess of what would be best for UCSB is that after a well-deserved rest, he’ll return to run at least a part of the university’s community outreach effort for a number of years to come.
In the meantime, we’ll miss him.