• Chancellor Drake joins thousands of new freshman at the 2011 New Student Convocation, where anteater pride is high.

    Photo Credit: Daniel Anderson

  • UC Irvine's Chief Executive Roundtable is at the heart of the dynamic partnership between the university and the community.

    Pictured: Chancellor Michael Drake and Roundtable member Jon Wampler.Photo Credit: Carlos Puma

  • Roundtable members enjoy exclusive access to events featuring leading thinkers in business, technology, and innovation.

    Photo Credit: Laurel Hungerford

  • Each year, Roundtable members join the chancellor and other members the Anteater Bike Club for an annual ride.

    Photo Credit: Jacqueline Chu

Message from the Chair

For more than 25 years the UC Irvine Chief Executive Roundtable has served as a national model in fostering close connections among Orange County’s business leaders and in advancing collaborations between one of the world’s most important research universities and the business community that has developed around it.  The dynamism and vitality of Orange County’s globally competitive companies, combined with the research insights and cutting-edge technology developed at UC Irvine, creates an innovative and fast-moving environment that drives our region forward.

Kimberly Sentovich
Chair, Chief Executive Roundtable
Senior Vice President, Pacific Division
Walmart Stores, Inc.

New Member Update

Kimberly Chavales Cripe is president and chief executive officer of CHOC Children’s, one of the top pediatric healthcare systems in the nation, affiliated with the University of California, Irvine.  A dedicated child advocate, Cripe is committed to expanding healthcare access to underserved children and adolescents in the community through her role as Chair Elect for the Children and Families Commission of Orange County (Prop. 10).

Steven A. Nichols is the managing partner of Rutan & Tucker, LLP, Orange County’s largest full-service law firm with offices in Northern and Southern California.   With over 30 years of experience as a business trial lawyer, Nichols serves as co-chair of Rutan’s prestigious Construction Law Group, and formerly as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Large Complex Case Panel of arbitrators.  Recently selected as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Daily Journal as well as OC Metro’s “Top 25”, Nichols is one of the leading experts in the developing field of public-private partnerships for large infrastructure development projects.