Joseph W. Watson
Vice Chancellor Emeritus
Professor of Chemistry
University of California, San Diego

In 2007, Dr. Watson retired from the University of California as Vice Chancellor Student Affairs and Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Watson joined the faculty of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) as an assistant professor of chemistry in 1966. In 1970, Dr. Watson was named the founding provost of Third College (now named Thurgood Marshall College) and served for 11 years.  He served as UCSD’s Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs from 1981 until his retirement in 2007. He has served on a number of statewide organizations, including the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) (1985-1989) and the California Student Aid Commission (Chair 1990-1992 and 1999-2001).

Dr. Watson obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the City College of New York in 1961 and his doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1966. He also pursued postdoctoral studies at UCLA. He attended the Harvard University Institute of Educational Management-Executive Development Program in 1983.

Dr. Watson was elected to the board in 2005.

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