Magazine article University Business

University of California, Santa Cruz Mourns Chancellor

Magazine article University Business

University of California, Santa Cruz Mourns Chancellor

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ CHANCELlor Denice Dee Denton, 46, died in the early summer in what authorities are reporting was an apparent suicide. Denton fell from a 43-story luxury apartment building in San Francisco in late June. Her mother was quoted in several press reports as saying that Denton had been depressed recently.

Denton held the chancellor's post for only 16 months. Colleagues noted she was a champion of "excellence through diversity," who had worked to help young women and minorities pursue careers in science and engineering. After being appointed to the chancellorship she held a two-day symposium on diversity and excellence instead of holding a formal inauguration.

Denton was the youngest person to hold the UC chancellorship when she took the job in early 2005, and she was the first open lesbian in the position. Just this year, Denton received the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award, which recognized her advocacy for women in science.

Many expressed shock that Denton, known for being a strong leader and having a forceful personality, was suicidal. …

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