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Dr. Marsha A. Chandler
Dr. Marsha A. Chandler

Dr. Marsha A. Chandler is the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the Salk Institute. She oversees the fiscal and administrative functions of the Institute, provides support to approximately 870 research staff and 230 administrative personnel, and oversees all fund-raising activities.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Chandler graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and received her doctorate from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto in 2003.

In 2004-05, Dr. Chandler completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) in the Business School at Harvard University, and served as visiting professor at the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. She has more than 20 years of successful academic leadership and management experience, having served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of California, San Diego, where she was the chief academic officer responsible for the policies and decisions relating to all academic programs and faculty appointments and performance. She served as Acting Chancellor from 2003-04 and holds an appointment as Professor of Political Science in the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UCSD.

A renowned scholar of political economy and comparative public policy, Dr. Chandler is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the highest academic honor bestowed in that country. She is the author of five books and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She served as Dean of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto from 1990-97 – a role in which she was responsible for 30 academic departments on two campuses.


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