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Howard Gillman, UCI Chancellor

Chancellor Howard Gillman

Howard Gillman, Ph.D., became UC Irvine’s sixth chancellor on Sept. 18, 2014. He had previously served as provost and executive vice chancellor since June 2013 and interim chancellor since July 1, 2014.

An award-winning scholar and teacher, he has academic appointments in the departments of law, political science, and history. Among his books areThe Constitution Besieged: The Rise and Demise of Lochner Era Police Powers Jurisprudence (Duke 1993), The Votes That Counted: How the Court Decided the 2000 Presidential Election (Chicago 2001), andAmerican Constitutionalism (with Mark Graber and Keith Whittington). He has also co-edited two other volumes and authored more than 40 articles and book chapters. He has received many awards for his scholarship, and for teaching excellence and dedication to students.

Prior to his appointment as provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Irvine, Dr. Gillman was a professor of political science, history, and law at the University of Southern California. From 2007 to 2012, he served as dean of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

A native of Southern California, Dr. Gillman grew up in North Hollywood and was a first-generation college student. He earned bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in political science at UCLA. His wife, Ellen, earned a bachelor's degree at UC San Diego and a master's and doctorate in psychology at UCLA. They have two children.

Max L. Gardner, Orange County United Way President & CEO

Max Gardner

Max L. Gardner is the President and CEO of Orange County United Way. In this position, Mr. Gardner leads the 91-year-old health and human services organization toward improving lives and strengthening Orange County by ensuring that local children and families have quality eduction, sustainable income, good health and stable housing—the cornerstones for individual success and community prosperity. A former Orange County United Way Board member and Co-Chair of the Tocqueville Society, Mr. Gardner was appointed President and CEO in July 2011.

Mr. Gardner, who has more than 30 years of real estate experience, previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Bay Apartment Communities, where he also served as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. After Bay’s merger with Avalon Properties, he had overall responsibility for development and acquisitions in the western region for the newly combined company, AvalonBay. Prior to that, Mr. Gardner spent seven years at Trammell Crow Residential, first as Regional Partner of Finance for the west coast, and subsequently as President and CEO.

Mr. Gardner serves on a number of boards and committees including: the Orange County Funders Roundtable (immediate Past Chair), the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness, the OC Forum and United Ways of California. In addition, he is a member of the Orange County Business Council and the UCI Chief Executive Roundtable. Mr. Gardner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and a master’s degree from the Business School at Georgia State University. He and his wife reside in Newport Beach, California and have four grown children.