Wendell Brase co-chairs UC President Janet Napolitano’s Global Climate Leadership Council and leads an award-winning sustainability program in his role as Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Business Services at the University of California, Irvine.
Under his leadership, UCI was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with a 2014 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change. The campus received California’s highest environmental award, the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013; has earned numerous accolades for sustainability, including a 2009 EPA Environmental Leadership Achievement Award; and has been on Sierra magazine’s Top 10 list of greenest campuses for the past five years, coming in at No. 1 in 2014. The campus currently has 12 LEED Platinum and eight LEED Gold buildings, among the most at any campus in the U.S.
Wendell holds two degrees (S.B., S.M., 1970) from the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining UCI, he was Vice Chancellor for Finance, Planning, and Administration at UC Santa Cruz from 1978 to 1991. Prior to that, he served as Associate Director for Administration for the Laboratory for Laser Fusion at the University of Rochester from 1973 to 1978.