Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles
Gene Block is chancellor of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he oversees UCLA's three-part mission of education, research and service. A neuroscience expert, Block holds faculty appointments in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences and in physiological science. His research focuses on the effects of aging on the nervous system and how it impacts biological timing. Before coming to UCLA, Block was vice president and provost at the University of Virginia. He was also founding director of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for Biological Timing. He has served on the boards of leading national organizations, including the Association of American Universities and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Block has received numerous professional honors, including the Los Angeles NAACP Foundation President's Award.