"President Chameau has served Caltech with excellence and distinction, stimulating innovation and expanding resources for high-risk, high-reward research," said David Lee, chair of the Board of Trustees. "We are extremely grateful for his leadership as president, and we wish him success in his next endeavor." Chameau informed the full Board of Trustees of his decision today.
Caltech was named #1 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings in 2011 and 2012. The international publication noted that Caltech's faculty have the highest research citation rate in the world and are regularly recognized with the top honors in their fields. Since 2006, Chameau has promoted Caltech's multidisciplinary approach to research and education, supporting the development of programs in areas of societal impact, including energy, information technology, medical science, and the environment. Chameau also led initiatives to enhance students' educational experiences, increase the diversity of the community, advance entrepreneurial opportunities for faculty and students, and enhance the partnership between Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and NASA.