Executive Officer, National Academy of Sciences and the National
Bruce Darling has served as Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences and the
National Research Council since July 2012.
Prior to joining the Academy, Darling served from 1996 to 2012 as vice president, senior vice
president and executive vice president of the University of California system. In those roles, he
was responsible for acquisition of the University's state-funded budget; state and federal
government relations; communications with the news media and public; alumni relations; and private
fundraising. In addition, he was responsible for integrating strategic and operational matters with
the University's Board of Regents and for the University's management oversight of the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Los Alamos
He was co-chair with the UC Provost of the UC Long Range Guidance Team that provided strategic
guidance to the UC President and Board of Regents on future goals, objectives and strategies for the
University. He was also co-chair with a UC Regent of the Eligibility and Admissions Study Group,
which recommended to the UC President and Board of Regents changes to strengthen the University's
undergraduate admissions policies and practices.
From 1980 to 1996, he held positions at the University of California San Diego, including as Vice
Chancellor and President of the UC San Diego Foundation.
From 1974 to 1980, he worked at the National Science Foundation, including as special assistant to
the NSF Director.
Darling is a member of the Board of Directors of the California Council on Science and Technology.
He was a member of the National Science Foundation's Subcommittee on Re-competition of Major
Research Facilities and the Dean's Advisory Board for UC Santa Barbara's Donald Bren School for
Environmental Science and Management. He was appointed by the Chief Justice of the California
Supreme Court to membership on the California Commission for Impartial Courts. And he was co-chair
of the 2002 and 2004 California education bond campaigns that secured voter approval for $25 billion
in new expenditures for facilities construction and modernization at California's public schools,
colleges and universities.
He has been recognized as a Founding Father of the San Diego Supercomputer Center and as a Fellow of
the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is a recipient of the University of
California Presidential Medal, the UC San Diego Foundation Civis Universitatis Award, the National
Science Foundation Commendation for Notable Service, and the Rod Rose Award for the most outstanding
paper published in the Journal of the Society of Research Administrators.
Darling graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was
elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Gamma Mu, Alpha Mu Gamma and Sigma Delta Pi national academic honors
societies. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese, having attended elementary and secondary school in
South America and the Caribbean.