Peter F. Cowhey, Dean of UC San Diego School of
Global Policy and Strategy, Appointed Chair of Board of
Directors of the California Council on Science and
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Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of its creation via the California State Legislature, the California Council
on Science and Technology (CCST) is honoring two distinguished leaders, one succeeding the other as
Chair of CCST's Board of Directors - which provides strategic vision and direction governing CCST as a
nonpartisan nonprofit organization.
Peter F. Cowhey PhD, Dean of the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy and former Interim
Executive Vice Chancellor of UC San Diego, has been appointed Chair of the CCST Board of Directors effective
September 1, 2018. Cowhey succeeds the retiring Charlie F. Kennel PhD, who has served as CCST Board Chair
since 2014. Kennel was the ninth Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Vice Chancellor of Marine
Sciences at UC San Diego from 1998 to 2006; he has also held the posts of Associate Administrator at NASA and
Executive Vice Chancellor at UCLA over his long career.
"It has been my sincere honor and privilege to lead the California Council on Science and Technology, convening a
magnificent brain trust from across the Golden State to provide timely, objective science advice to the Governor
and Legislature of California," says Kennel, who will remain on the CCST Board as Chair Emeritus through 2019.
"I have worked with Peter Cowhey for two decades at UC San Diego. He inspires trust. His instincts and vision as a
leader, his fathomless experience in the policy realm, and his network of peers across diverse sectors around the
world make him the perfect choice as Board Chair."
"What makes California a global leader is our drive for ingenuity and our investment in knowledge and talent,"
says Cowhey, who is an expert on the future of communications and information technology markets and policy,
specializing in U.S. trade policy, foreign policy, the Internet and international corporate strategy. "Science has a
role in informing California policymaking and in sustaining the prosperity and wellbeing of our peoples and
communities. California's institutions of higher learning and its research labs have joined together to make their
expertise available on a nonpartisan basis to assist the state government in making wise policy for the benefit of
generations to come."
Peter Cowhey is a member of the Global Competitiveness Council and the Council on Foreign Relations. He served
as chief of the International Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission during the Clinton
Administration, negotiating U.S. international agreements for telecommunications and satellite services. From
1999 to 2006, Cowhey served as director of the University of California's system-wide Institute on Global Conflict
and Cooperation and as Associate Vice Chancellor-International Affairs from 2007 to 2009. He then served a 12-
month assignment as senior counselor to Ambassador Ron Kirk in the Office of the United States Trade
Representative in 2009. Subsequently, Cowhey has served on a bi-national experts group appointed by the U.S.
and Chinese governments to research and advise on innovation policy. Cowhey also currently serves as board
chair of the Grameen Foundation USA, a U.S. philanthropy organization seeking solutions to global poverty.
"We are grateful for Peter Cowhey's long standing commitment to CCST," says Amber Mace PhD, CCST Interim
Executive Director. "For eleven years he was a member of the CCST Council - the cadre of science and technology
experts we rely on to take the pulse of our state's research and innovation landscape. I am incredibly excited for
Peter's return to CCST in his new role as Board Chair during this auspicious anniversary year."
Per CCST's charter, the President of the University of California wields the formal authority to appoint candidates
as CCST Board Members and Board Chair. Appointments are made based upon the recommendations and search
process convened by serving CCST Board Members - who are comprised of leaders representing the University of
California, California State University, California Community Colleges, Caltech, Stanford, and other state and
federal research institutions.
About the California Council on Science and Technology
The California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization
established via the California State Legislature in 1988. CCST engages leading experts in science
and technology to advise state policymakers - ensuring that California policy is strengthened
and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation.
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About the UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
The UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS) addresses the crucial societal challenges
of the 21st century. The School's pioneering research builds on internationally recognized expertise of
the Americas and Asia, integrates analysis of public policy and markets, and explores global issues of
conflict and cooperation. Leveraging our West Coast location and UC San Diego's renowned programs
in science and technology, GPS develops new analytic tools with real-world applications, while
rigorously training the next generation of global leaders. Through collaborations across campus and
counterparts around the globe, GPS shapes cutting-edge solutions for a transforming world. Find us at
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