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 Technology

August 27, 2018 | ,   | Contact: Amber Mace

cowhey300Coinciding 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 and be sure to follow us on Facebook and on Twitter.

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