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Six new directors appointed to the board of directors of the UCR Foundation


The UCR Foundation Board of Directors welcomed six new members who began their two-year term on July 1.

The 45-member volunteer board of directors oversees the UCR affiliate foundation, receiving and managing the investment of an endowment of $ 257.5 million as of May 31 that supports the long-term strength of the research programs, UCR colleges and scholarships. Trustees defend UCR and advance its mission by seeking and securing private support for all of its programs.

The new members are Tony DeLucia, Ching Liu, Walter Matera, Al Stroberg, Bill Thomas and Tracy Wang.

In addition, Sue Johnson, who has served on the Board of Directors for 44 years, has been appointed Director Emeritus.

Learn more about the new members below:

Tony DeLucia ’70

A professor at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University, DeLucia participated in several sports at UCR while first earning a bachelor’s degree in biology.

In East Tennessee, DeLucia’s primary focus is the environment and health. He credits his years of competitive racing, his studies in the UCR greenhouses, and his exceptional faculty as the inspiration to get involved in air quality and related issues throughout his career. From 2002 to 2003, he served as chairman of the board of the American Lung Association, fighting for cleaner air and to slow climate change.

Ching liu

Ching liu

Liu is the co-founder of SolarMax Technology Inc. in Riverside, a solar energy company. She has 20 years of experience in global private equity investments, having previously worked at Merrill, formerly known as Merrill Lynch.

Liu serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering and was an executive member of the UCR School of Business in 2013-14. In 2014, she created a SolarMax Endowment Scholarship at the School of Business.

Walter Matera ’69

Walter Matera

A retired sixth-grade teacher and career soldier, Matera received his BA in history from UCR, where he met his wife Katherine. He received his master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach, in 2000.

Two years ago he established the Katherine M. Matera Endowed Award Fund, named after his wife who died in 2014. The fund provides financial support to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a STEM field who demonstrate also a commitment to music and the arts.

Al Stroberg ’70

Al Stroberg

A pediatric orthopedic surgeon, Stroberg was in his first weeks as a freshman at UCR when the steeple was inaugurated. He then received his medical degree from UC Irvine and did his residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He then served as a faculty member at UCLA.

He recently created the Stroberg Lecture Series at UCR School of Medicine, a regular event meant to bring together scientists and clinicians and create opportunities for collaboration.

Bill thomas

Bill thomas

Thomas has been a partner of the KPC Group for 25 years, a company that owns and operates healthcare services and facilities. He was previously a founding partner of a Riverside law firm specializing in business and real estate.

Thomas attended UC Santa Barbara, UC Hastings College of the Law, and New York University School of Law. At UCR, he served on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the School of Business, served as an executive member in 2018-2019, and created a scholarship in his name and that of his wife Earth.

Tracy wang

Tracy wang

Wang is the Director of Clinical Programs for Anthem Inc. She received her BA in Psychobiology and her MA in Public Health from UCLA. Her son, Justin, is a UC Riverside Regents Fellow studying computer science.

Wang has over 15 years of volunteer service with local and national nonprofit organizations. She has also served as president of the Troy High School Parent Teacher Student Association and a board member of the United Christian Education Center and the FHL Academy. Tracy received the California State PTA Golden Oak Service Award and the Fullerton Joint Union High School District Certificate of Appreciation for her support and contribution to Troy High School.