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UK university names dean for Placer campus

Seán Hand, dean of the University of Warwick’s Placer County campus
Seán Hand, dean of the University of Warwick’s Placer County campus University of Warwick

Demonstrating its seriousness about opening a Placer County campus, a British university appointed a dean Monday to take charge of the operation.

Professor Seán Hand of England’s University of Warwick was appointed dean of Warwick in California’s graduate school, due to open in two years. The university said Hand, the head of Warwick’s School of Modern Languages and Cultures, will move to Caifornia “in due course.”

The news came a week after Warwick announced that it plans to open a temporary graduate school campus in Roseville in 2018. The Roseville site will be the first step in building a major permanent campus west of the city, expected to serve 6,000 students by 2031.

“I am delighted and honored to be entrusted with this role,” Hand said in a statement released by the university. “Warwick has received an incredible degree of welcome and support from so many partners and supporters in California.”

Recruiting the British university has been a milestone for Placer officials, who have worked for years to attract a major college campus.

The university said it expects to offer two main fields of study at the Roseville graduate school, but it won’t reveal those fields until it has secured regulatory approval from state and federal officials.

The university plans to build its permanent campus on a 1,159-acre parcel donated in 2012 by a partnership led by the family of Sacramento real estate developer Angelo K. Tsakopoulos. About half of the land would be developed with homes and businesses, with proceeds from the development going to build the campus. The campus, estimated to cost $1.5 billion at full build-out, would take up the other half of the parcel.

Hand’s appointment “demonstrates the deep commitment of the entire University of Warwick community to this groundbreaking effort in Placer County,” said Kyriakos Tsakopoulos, the developer’s son and president of the nonprofit group that will oversee construction of the permanent campus.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler