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.

  • Congratulations on a great tenure. Having worked with a number of presidents and universities, I can confirm that you’re the best I have known. So proud to be an alum. I have worked with over 500 CEOs of for profit companies and want you to know that being the Chancellor (or President) of a university is a much harder job. Bravo and thank you.

    Martin C Murrer

  • Chancellor and Mrs. Block,

    Thank you for your inspirational leadership of UCLA. You have truly been wonderfully creative and forward thinking leaders and a great team! I wish you and your family lots of fun, warmth, closeness, and good health and happiness!

    Jill Nemiro
    UCLA alum

  • Thank you Chancellor Block for taking such good care of the entire UCLA community! You will be missed.

    Sheryl Jacobson

  • Dear Chancellor Block, wishing you the best on the next chapter of your life. Reading your messages over the last 12 years of my career here at UCLA Health has been truly inspiring. Thank you for your service.

    Nohemi Rosales
    UCLA Health Staff and Alumni

  • Well done, Chancellor Block! Thanks for your hard work and dedication over the years. You’ll be missed!

    Judy Fortin
    UCLA Health Chief of Communications

  • You will be greatly missed . You are an outstanding Chancellor and I was honored to serve under you. Best wishes in your future endeavors.

    Bartly Mondino
    UCLA Stein Eye Institute

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