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Arts and Humanities Advisory Council

In June 2020, Dean Cristina Della Coletta identified the need for a volunteer‐driven organization comprised of arts and humanities supporters and community leaders to help grow the visibility and reputation of the Division of Arts and Humanities at UC San Diego and advance its mission by securing connections in the community and strategic philanthropic support.


Mission of the Dean’s Advisory Council

The Arts and Humanities Dean’s Advisory Council is a diverse group of the division’s most committed volunteers, patrons and leaders. The mission of the council is to support the division’s work by advancing its mission, expanding its philanthropic potential, raising its profile and connecting it to the community and industries, locally, nationally and internationally. The council is a representation of the views of the division and the priorities outlined by the dean, and uses the existing strategic framework to shape its future growth and direction.


Inaugural Advisory Council Members

  • Steven Adler

    Steven Adler

    Professor Emeritus Steven Adler retired from UC San Diego in 2016 after 29 years on the faculty, the last 12 of which were spent as provost of Earl Warren College. He stage managed the Broadway productions of “Dance a Little Closer, Camelot” with Richard Harris and “Big River” (Tony Award-winning), several national tours, multiple productions at leading Off-Broadway theaters including Manhattan Theatre Club and CSC Rep, and television shows for HBO, Lifetime and A&E.

    At La Jolla Playhouse, he stage managed the world premiere of “80 Days” and “Elmer Gantry,” as well as “Macbeth,” “Dogeaters” (world premiere), “Sweet Bird of Youth,” “Wintertime” (world premiere), “The Laramie Project,” (original cast) and David Edgar's two-play political cycle “Continental Divide.” He received a Japan Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council and a UC Pacific Rim Fellowship to research producing in Japanese theater companies.

    At UC San Diego, he directed several student productions including “Balm in Gilead,” “The Seagull” and “A Flea in Her Ear.” He is the author of two books: “Rough Magic: Making Theatre at the Royal Shakespeare Company” and “On Broadway: Art and Commerce on the Great White Way.” He wrote the chapters Box Office for the “Oxford Handbook of the American Musical” and Big River: A New Road to Broadway for the “Routledge Companion to the Contemporary American Musical.”

    He is currently the vice president of the UC San Diego Emeriti Association, and still teaches classes in musical theater, production and film.

  • Constance M. Carroll

    Constance M. Carroll

    Dr. Constance M. Carroll served for 17 years as chancellor of the San Diego Community College District and 26 years as president of three community colleges, including San Diego Mesa College. She also served as an administrator at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Southern Maine.

    Dr. Carroll earned a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Duquesne University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a Certificate in Hellenic Studies from Knubly University in Athens, Greece. Dr. Carroll has a long history of involvement with the humanities, specializing in ancient Greek Tragedy and occasionally teaching classes.

    In 2011, President Barack Obama nominated her and the U.S. Senate confirmed her appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, which works with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

    Following her retirement, Dr. Carroll will serve as president and CEO of the California Community College Baccalaureate Association, which is committed to the expansion and support of bachelor’s degrees in specified fields in community colleges.

  • Carol Littlejohn Chang H '19

    Carol Littlejohn Chang H '19

    Carol Littlejohn Chang’s professional career spanned 30 years in health care planning and organizational behavior, where she served as an academic administrator and consultant nationally. She retired from UC San Francisco as Associate Dean for Administration and Clinics in the School of Dentistry, and moved to San Diego where she began an active role in the community as a volunteer leader.

    Ms. Chang is well known in the community due to her work in the non-profit and philanthropic community. She has served on numerous boards including the National Conflict Resolution Center, San Diego Women’s Foundation (past president) and Fleet Science Center Board of Trustees (past chair), and is a founding member and past chair of the Balboa Park Conservancy Board of Trustees.

    Her activity at UC San Diego includes currently serving as a UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees (chair and currently immediate past chair) and as a member of the Health Sciences Advisory Board. She has previously served as the chair of Celebrate 50, member and chair of the Moores Cancer Center Board, and president of the Friends of UCSD Healthcare.

    Ms. Chang’s honors in the community include being recognized as “50 People to Watch in San Diego,” Women Who Mean Business and a Women of Dedication honoree. She received an honorary Alumni Award from UC San Diego in 2019.

    Ms. Chang has an MPH from the University of California Berkeley with emphasis in strategic planning and organizational development.

  • Phyllis Epstein

    Phyllis Epstein

    Phyllis Epstein is a native of Los Angeles and graduate of UCLA. She is on the UC San Diego Foundation Board and chairs the Donor Relations and Stewardship Committee. Previously, she served on the California Arts Council, and is a current member of the San Diego Symphony Board, and The Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Foundation Board of the San Diego Unified School District.

    She has two adult children and five grandchildren. Her husband, Dan, is in real estate development and property management.

  • Cecil Lytle

    Cecil Lytle

    Cecil Lytle was First Prize winner in the Franz Liszt International Piano Competition and since then has earned a reputation as a recitalist performing 19th and 20th century piano music. Indeed, diversity has been a central aspect of his career.

    The award-winning “Naked Gershwin”, presented on public television stations nationally, was produced and performed by Mr. Lytle with assistants. This was followed by the 1996 Emmy nomination for the public television series “The Nature of Genius.” He has recorded for Nonesuch, Lovely, CRI and Klavier Records.

    Cecil Lytle served our campus with distinction for more than 34 years in his roles as a Professor of Music, the long-time provost of Thurgood Marshall College, and as a founding member of The Preuss School UC San Diego.

  • Paul I. Meyer

    Paul I. Meyer

    Paul I. Meyer is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College (class of 1966) and an honors graduate of Harvard Law School (class of 1969). Upon graduation, he worked for a poverty law agency, the San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation, until 1970, and then completed three years of active military service as a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1973.

    In the years which followed, Mr. Meyer became a partner first at Gray Cary Ames & Frye, then San Diego’s largest law firm, and subsequently at Latham & Watkins LLP, an international law firm of more than 3,000 lawyers practicing in 29 cities around the world, from which he retired in 2005. At Latham, he served as a member of the five-person global Executive Committee which governed the firm, and as chair of the firm’s global Real Estate Department.

    His principal areas of legal practice were real estate law and finance, with an emphasis on downtown redevelopment. His principal projects included the Staples Center sports arena in downtown Los Angeles; the Petco Park Major League Baseball stadium, One America Plaza Office Building and Santa Fe Train Depot projects in downtown San Diego; and the City Creek Center project in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

    In the community, Mr.Meyer has served as board chair or president for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Old Globe Theatre, the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, the San Diego Charitable Real Estate Foundation, the San Diego Chapter of the American Jewish Committee, and the Board of Visitors to the Jewish Studies Program at UC San Diego. He has also served as a board member or trustee at the San Diego Foundation, on the Mayor’s Task Force on the governance of Balboa Park, for the Balboa Park Conservancy, and on the National Council of the American Jewish Committee.

  • Edie Munk '78

    Edie Munk '78

    Edie Munk graduated from UC San Diego’s Muir College in 1978 with a degree form the Department of Theatre and Dance, where she was fortunate to have stellar professors Arthur Wagner, Dan and Deb Dryden, and Eric Christmas.

    Her early work included organizing punch cards for her father, Walter Munk, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, VideoFashion in New York City, KERA in Dallas, and Premiere in Los Angeles. She then moved to launching the Disney Channel across the Western United States, and Ocean Design in Florida.

    All this prepared her to direct the Economics Roundtable and Helen Edison Lecture Series at UC San Diego Extension. She has also had the pleasure of working with the UC San Diego Natural Reserve System in successfully meeting their fund-raising goal to build the new Field Station and Learning Center at the Kendall-Frost marsh.

    She has served on the Malashok Dance and the Museum of Man boards, and said she is most appreciative of her rescue Palomino and off-grid living in Baja California.

  • Ann Reed

    Ann Reed

    Ann Reed and her husband Joel have resided in Rancho Santa Fe for the past 26 years. Their three adult children attended public high schools in San Diego, and all three have undergraduate and graduate degrees from UC San Diego.

    Ms. Reed serves on the UC San Diego Foundation Board and on the Campaign Cabinet. The Reeds are longtime supporters of public education and, in particular, the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, most recently gifting the division a 12-piece collection of mid-20th century Soviet art.

    The Reeds love to travel and have visited 190 countries across the globe. They enjoy experiencing the everyday lives of their fellow human beings all over the spectacular planet that we call home.

  • Chris Weil

    Chris Weil

    Chris Weil is the chair of Christopher Weil & Company, Inc., a registered investment advisor, and sponsor of private equity and real estate ventures. He has been in the investment and investment management businesses since 1963.

    Mr. Weil is an emeritus member of the UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees, and is chair of the Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation. He has served on the boards of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises including the San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival and San Diego Grantmakers.

  • Patricia Weil

    Patricia Weil

    Patricia Weil was born and raised in Los Angeles and graduated from UCLA. She taught in the Los Angeles public school system for seven years, then worked as a reading consultant for McGraw-Hill. She also spent many years as a volunteer with a national educational foundation.

    Pat and her husband Chris moved to Del Mar 24 years ago. Since then, she has served on the boards of the Old Globe and The Preuss School UCSD. She continues to serve on the Preuss Educational Committee. She has also served in a number of capacities with other organizations including the San Diego Mainly Mozart Festival and the San Diego Repertory Theater.

    In 1999 she and Chris established the Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation to provide scholarship support to high school graduates in under-resourced communities. Since 2004 and its first graduating class, The Preuss School has been the primary focus of the foundation’s scholarship program, and in recent years it has expanded the scope of its granting activities to other San Diego-area schools, as well as providing increased support for arts organizations and various UC San Diego-related activities.

    Pat believes her greatest achievement has been the part she has played in the growth and development of her three children and five grandchildren.