Dean Hal Stern, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences

Dear Colleagues,

Hal Stern, Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, has informed me, the Chancellor and the Bren School faculty and staff of his decision to step down from the deanship and return full time to the faculty as a professor of statistics, effective July 1, 2016.

Dean Stern began his service as founding chair of the Department of Statistics at UCI in 2002; served twice as acting dean in 2007 and 2009; then was named the Ted and Janice Smith Family Foundation Dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences on July 1, 2010. His expertise and vision were instrumental in building on the Bren School of ICS's academic strengths and guiding its exceptional faculty, staff and students through a period of exceptional growth. During his nearly six years as dean, the undergraduate enrollment has tripled and the graduate enrollment continues to grow steadily. He has been championing to increase diversity and was instrumental in establishing a joint mentoring program with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering for female and underrepresented minority students. He has also played a key role in the development of the Data Science Initiative which was established in 2014; the Initiative led to the creation of a new undergraduate major in data science in 2015, the only one in the UC system.

Dean Stern is regarded as one of the world’s top applied statisticians. He has been named a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, honors given to only a small proportion of the membership. In 2011, he was recognized as a "National Associate" of the National Research Council (NRC), an honor bestowed for extraordinary service to the NRC. He served as the applications and case studies and coordinating editor of the flagship journal in statistics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Among a list of exceptional service, he has been a long-standing member of the Editorial Review Board for the Journal Chance, chaired a committee for the National Academy of Sciences and was a member of several high level NSF and American Statistical Association Committees.

Dean Stern is a talented leader and a valued campus collaborator. Under Dean Stern’s leadership, the Bren School has now reached a position of prominence. It is an excellent time to attract a superb individual to be the next dean of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. In planning for a successor, I anticipate a national search and will begin discussions with the faculty shortly.

Please join me in thanking Dean Stern for his leadership and many contributions to the Bren School of ICS and the campus.


Enrique Lavernia
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science