Chancellor Block stands front and center, wrapped in a dense crowd of smiling students in downtown Westwood.

Thank you,
Chancellor Block

Chancellor Block’s message to the community:

Serving as UCLA’s chancellor since 2007 has been the greatest honor of my life. And so it is with bittersweet feelings that I would like to share my decision to step down from the role at the end of the 2023-24 academic year. UCLA is a shining example of the best of public higher education, and I have every confidence that the university is well positioned for an exceptionally bright future…

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Chancellor Block in full regalia is framed by giant letters L and A. He speaks into a microphone at 2023 UCLA Commencement. Behind, Randall Park, and a large crowd clap.
Chancellor Block stands outside (during the daytime) with military personnel wearing hats at the 2022 Memorial Ceremony.

“Bruins are nothing if not marked by optimism, and it is in our DNA to look at the world as one that is ripe for constant reshaping.”

A female student in sunglasses holds her phone out to take a selfie with Chancellor Block in a crowd.
Group shot of students, faculty, and staff smiling on a patio decorated with blue and gold balloons. Amongst them, EVCP Hunt, Chancellor Block, and Mrs. Block.

A look back at
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The Block Era

View a timeline of highlights of Gene Block’s term as UCLA chancellor.

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As Chancellor Block prepares to step down in July 2024 after 17 years of service, Bruins and friends are invited to share memories or offer well-wishes to the Blocks. Messages can be submitted in writing or by video, and will be shared with the chancellor and some will be posted on this site.

  • Dear Chancellor and Mrs. Block,

    Ever since you both arrived, you’ve done so much for this campus. You have tried to make every race, ethnic group, culture, gender, and social and political entity feel welcomed and embraced. Thank you for supporting the idea of an annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Although attendance is sparse, it demonstrates that the top administrator honors those who have served, so that this country remains free.

    You, both, shall definitely be missed, but not forgotten.

    All the best to the both of you! I truly hope your retirement will be what you want it to be.

    Alexandra Skierso
    UCLA, Aerospace Studies, Air Force ROTC (MSO, Retired)

  • Chancellor Block,

    Wishing you and Carol the best. Thank you both for your excellent service to UCLA.

    You will both be missed!

    Warmest regards,

    Jane Fransella
    UCLA Staff

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