Davis, CA | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1994
Dr. Vanderhoef is Acting Chancellor of the University of California at Davis. He has served as Executive Vice Chancellor since 1984 and was named Acting Chancellor in 1993. The University of California at Davis is primarily noted for its strong programs and traditions in agriculture, veterinary medicine, and the biological sciences. While serving in the above administrative capacities, Dr. Vanderhoef has had overall responsibility for all three undergraduate colleges and the graduate division, with a total of 22,000 students and a budget in excess of $400 million. During his graduate and post graduate career, he received fellowships from Purdue, the National Research Council, and the Carnegie Foundation. In 1970 he was appointed assistant professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana. Moving rapidly through the ranks, he advanced to professor and head of his department in 1977. He joined the faculty of the University of Maryland at College Park in 1980, assuming an appointment as Provost of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Four years later he accepted the position of Executive Vice Chancellor and member of the Governing Board at the University of California Medical Center campus in Sacramento. Dr. Vanderhoef was a visiting lecturer at the National Taiwan University in 1984 and was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship as a visiting scholar to the Republic of China in 1987. Dr. Vanderhoef has chaired program reviews at the University of Minnesota, the University of Maryland, the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, and the Department of Energy’s Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University. He has also been called upon to serve on major national review and advisory committees for such organizations as the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy. Dr. Vanderhoef is currently serving on the Academic Affairs Council of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.