Tuesday, September 13, 2016

More UCOP hiring, press releases, other news on the eve of UC Regents meeting

More hiring at UCOP:

"The University of Oregon vice president of student life is moving on and heading south.

Dr. Robin Holmes accepted a job as the vice president of student affairs with the University of California system.

Holmes will officially step down October 18.

She first joined the University of Oregon as a psychologist nearly 25 years ago. She served as the vice president of student life for 9 years.

In California, she’ll work in the Oakland office of the University of California president."




University of California President Janet Napolitano today (Sept. 13) announced the formation of an advisory committee of university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives to help in the international search for a new chancellor to lead UC Davis. Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano also appointed five regents to serve.

Ralph Hexter, the campus provost who has served as acting chancellor since April will continue as interim chancellor until a permanent chancellor is appointed.

The members of the search advisory committee for the UC Davis chancellor include:

UC President Janet Napolitano
UC Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano
UC Regents Bonnie Reiss, George Kieffer, Charlene Zettel, Anthony Rendon and Harvey Brody
Shane White, vice chair of the systemwide Academic Senate leadership
UC Davis faculty representatives Diana Farmer, professor and chair, Department of Surgery; Rachael Goodhue, professor and chair, Agricultural and Resource Economics and chair of the Davis Academic Senate; Ari Kelman, professor, History
Oscar Dubon, professor of Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory faculty scientist serving as associate dean for equity and inclusion and student affairs in the College of Engineering
Elly Oltersdorf, undergraduate student and 2015-16 co-chair, Student Council on Campus Climate
Brian Riley, the 2010-11 chair of the UC Davis Graduate Student Association (GSA) and currently a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Davis School of Education
Debby Stegura, president of the Cal Aggie Alumni Association
Jessica Potts, chief administrative officer in the Department of Chemistry and past chair of the UC Davis Staff Assembly
Mike Child, immediate past president of the UC Davis Foundation
The committee's first meeting will be held September 27 at the UC Davis Pavilion, where members and invited guests will gather in a closed session. The forum will include remarks by President Napolitano, followed by separate sessions with various campus constituency groups. The president and committee members will also participate in a luncheon with alumni, donors and community leaders.

The advisory committee will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee's work will be scheduled so that candidates can be presented to President Napolitano for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents, tentatively by January 2017.

In addition to presentations by those constituency representatives who will meet with the committee, public comments are encouraged throughout the search process. Comments may be submitted via ...

And Sac Bee coverage:

UC and HBCU initiatives:


UC Mexico


UCOP fellowships program


$6 million VC startup funding secured:




Despite budget cuts, a squeeze for resources and a new, arguably more stressful application process systemwide, six University of California campuses made the Top 10 on U.S News and World Report’s listof the nation’s best public universities.

UC Berkeley ranked No. 1 for the 15th year in a row, followed by UCLA at No. 2, UC Santa Barbara at No. 8 and UC Irvine at No. 9. UC San Diego and UC Davis tied for the No. 10 spot with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In a newsletter on the University of California website, UC President Janet Napolitano said the rankings were a reflection of the quality of a UC education.

“That six of our campuses are in the top 10 reflects the commitment to excellence found among our students, faculty and staff systemwide. These rankings capture what we already know — UC students obtain a world-class education at a great value,” said Napolitano in the newsletter.

But the UC system was not without problems this past year.

In March, the California state auditor found the UC system undermined in-state students by tripling the number of admitted nonresident students who are less qualified but who pay more in tuition. This came as concern over funding for the system, which serves more than 238,000 students and more than 190,000 faculty and staff, became the subject of disagreement between Gov. Jerry Brown and Napolitano.

Chart: The Cost of Tuition at UC and CSU Over the Years, Adjusted for Inflation

UC Regents and Students
Budgets are also a concern for students on an individual level. A report released in July found that one in five UC students said they experienced food insecurity in the past year due to limited resources.

At the No. 1-ranked public school, Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks announced in February that a $150 million deficit — which accounts for about 6 percent of UC Berkeley’s $2.4 billion budget — posed a threat to the the school’s long-term stability.

Dirks recently resigned his position after a three-year tenure marked by widespread criticism of his administration’s handling of a series of high-profile sexual harassment cases."


"UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks took the rare action Tuesday of suspending a course after civil rights groups and others complained that its purpose was to indoctrinate students into a single political viewpoint."


"This is a great day for students at Berkeley,” she said in a statement. “We applaud UC Berkeley’s Chancellor Dirks and his staff for their swift and appropriate response regarding this course. However, there is still work to be done to ensure that all new courses at UC Berkeley are adequately reviewed for compliance with university policies prohibiting misuse of the classroom for political indoctrination.”

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