Howard Gillman
Howard Gillman, former dean at USC and nationally recognized expert on the Constitution, will be UC Irvine's new executive vice chancellor & provost. “I’m honored and excited to join this extraordinary academic community,” Gillman said. Steve Zylius / University Communications

EVENT: A program of dance and impromptu theater hosted by actor Cary Elwes will highlight the investiture of UC Irvine’s sixth chancellor, Howard Gillman. Officially taking the helm during the campus’s 50th anniversary year, Gillman will talk about his vision for UCI’s regional, national and global impact over the next 50 years.

WHEN/WHERE: 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, in the Irvine Barclay Theatre (bldg. 1, grid E9 on campus map)

INFORMATION: Media planning to attend should contact Cathy Lawhon at 949-824-1151 or Attendance and parking are complimentary for media who RSVP in advance.

BACKGROUND: Student dancers, musicians, singers and actors will perform throughout the two-hour event, hosted by Cary Elwes, star of “The Princess Bride” and a friend of Gillman’s. The keynote address will be delivered by C.L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California, where Gillman was dean of the Dana & David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences before coming to UCI as provost and executive vice chancellor in 2013. University of California President Janet Napolitano will lead the investiture ceremony and Gillman will talk about his vision for UCI’s future. A reception will follow outside the theater.