VP Barbara Allen-Diaz charged the ANR Academic Assembly Council to seek broad and diverse input on the roles, responsibilities and relationships within the statewide ANR network, in order to build on our strengths and prepare for a future that retains our relevance internally (to UC) and externally (to our California communities/stakeholders and beyond).
Areas of current discussions include:
- Is campus research finding its way through county channels to address applied issues of our stakeholders?
- As advisors take on growing responsibilities within larger geographic areas, are we creating a hybrid position that may be more like regional specialists than a traditional advisor?...
UC ANR will soon be hiring a UC Cooperative Extension term area advisor specializing in table grapes in Tulare, Kern and Kings counties. Thanks to an $840,000 gift from the California Table Grape Commission, the advisor position will be funded for six years by the $1.4 billion annual table grape industry.
"The UC Cooperative Extension farm advisor system is an integral part of the growth story of the table grape industry in California,” said Kathleen Nave, president of the California Table Grape Commission. "Continuing that growth is critical to the industry but also to the rural communities in which table grapes are grown. With this gift, the University will be able to expand its ability to help growers cope with...
If you haven’t completed ANR’s work environment assessment survey, please do so. ANR’s survey will close Friday, Nov. 16.
ANR leadership would like everyone to take the opportunity to be heard.
To encourage participation, VP Allen-Diaz will add two iPads to the prize pool just for ANR employees once ANR’s response rate passes 60 percent.
The email was sent with the return address “CAMPUSCLIMATE.” The message is from Allen-Diaz and the subject line reads: “Your invitation to the ANR Work Environment Assessment.” Each email contains a unique survey link so don’t forward yours to anyone.
If you can’t find the email, go to the
- Author: Michael L. Poe
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Tu Tran as assistant vice president for Business Operations in UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, starting on Nov. 26, 2012.
After a nationwide search, Mr. Tran comes to us from his current position as senior associate director of UC San Francisco’s Financial Service Center. He brings exceptional budget and finance experience in higher education to this important position. His skill set is well-suited to continuing the administrative and organizational progress we have made, helping us generate new revenue streams, improving efficiencies to further reduce costs, and helping advance the UC ANR Strategic Vision.
The passage of Proposition 30 in last Tuesday’s election is an important victory for public education in the State of California. I am thankful that the citizens of California voted to support public education and to stem the tide of cuts to programs and people that would have eroded our mission and harmed our state.
While Proposition 30 is not a panacea, it represents a very welcome respite from the recent spate of deep budget cuts, and we can look forward to having a firm budget for the remainder of this academic year.
At the same time, we will continue to face challenges as the costs of higher education inevitably rise. I am proud of the efforts UC ANR has taken over the last several...