Gary May, chancellor of the University of California, Davis, will deliver this year’s Excellence in Leadership Lecture at 3:10 p.m. April 10 in the CUB Auditorium on the Pullman campus. The lecture also will be livestreamed at

May’s address, “Leading by Example: Strengthening Our Social Equity and Social Outcomes through Diversity,” will focus on how embracing diversity in all of its forms provides access, opportunity, and advancement for everyone.

Chancellor of the third-largest university in the UC system, May is known as a dynamic leader with a passion for helping others succeed. He believes success is best judged by how we enhance the lives of others. Throughout his career, he has championed diversity in both higher education and the workplace.

Prior to beginning his UC Davis presidency in August 2017, May spent nearly three decades at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served in roles ranging from dean of the institute’s College of Engineering to chair of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and executive assistant to Georgia Tech’s president.

The lecture series is co-sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association and the Office of the President. It was inaugurated nearly two years ago to strengthen the culture of diversity and leadership throughout the WSU system.