After decades of devoted service to the University of California, David Kropf, our Director of Administration, is retiring. For the last 18 years David has been our source of guidance to navigate the complex administrative network that drives and regulates the binational, multi-campus activities of UC MEXUS. He has been our friend, our advisor, our administrative compass, and, above all, an example of integrity.
David Kropf brilliantly carried the responsibility for institutional adherence to policies, procedures and governmental regulations, along with operational management oversight of programs, facilities, budget, and personnel activities. He came to UC MEXUS in 1998 as a veteran UC administrator with two decades of experience at the Los Angeles and Irvine campuses and medical facilities. Under his administrative guidance the collaboration with Conacyt grew and consolidated to become Mexico’s most successful international academic program, now funding annually around 40 collaborative grants and supporting 150 doctoral and postdoctoral fellows. He worked with Juan Vicente Palerm and Roberto Sánchez, two former Directors of UC MEXUS, and played a critical role in drafting, improving, negotiating, and keeping track of the successive versions of the UC – Conacyt agreements. Over 400 Mexican fellows and more than 2000 collaborative researchers owe much of their success in research and studies to the managerial support of David Kropf and his office.
To his educational background and long experience in university administration, David adds an eclectic array of skills. A talented carpenter, rock mason, horticulturist, gardener, and designer, he devotes his free time to work artistically in his mountain home, to camp, travel, and explore, or to deepen his impressive knowledge of classical and orchestral music. He also enjoys his involvement in various philanthropic activities and volunteerism.UC MEXUS has been David’s home for almost two decades, and we will always have a door open for him. We hope life smiles down on him every day of this new stage of his creative and adventurous endeavors.