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YFC Director position placed on hold

Following a search process, I have decided not to fill the Youth, Families and Communities (YFC) Director position at the present time. This decision did not come easily because we were successful in attracting a number of outstanding candidates, each of whom would bring different experiences and perspectives to the position.

Given the current search for a Vice Provost of Statewide Programs and Strategic Initiatives, with whom the YFC Director would work closely, coupled with our need (following Chris Greer's announcement yesterday) to recruit for a new Vice Provost for Cooperative Extension, and the strategic planning process that ANR has just begun, we have decided to take time to re-assess the needs of the YFC programs. Before moving forward, we want to be sure we are allocating resources such that programs can be best positioned to meet future needs. We do want to thank the search committee for their efforts in identifying strong candidates and for taking the time to see the process through.

For the time being, Shannon Horrillo, associate director of 4-H program and policy, and Katie Panerella, associate director of nutrition, family and consumer sciences program and policy, will continue to share the YFC Director duties, as they have for the last year. They have done a great job leading the programs and there is no reason at this time for that to change.

Best regards,

Wendy Powers


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Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 8:58 AM

UC ANR vice provost of Cooperative Extension stepping down


After much deliberation, I have decided to step down as UC ANR vice provost of Cooperative Extension to return to the field. I will be transitioning to the role of area Integrated Pest Management Cooperative Extension advisor, with responsibilities in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

Over the next couple of months, I will work closely with Associate Vice President Wendy Powers and the Academic Human Resources unit to recruit and appoint the next vice provost of Cooperative Extension. The recruitment will open soon, and we need your help in identifying and encouraging outstanding candidates to apply for the position. We hope to have an overlap between myself and the new vice provost of Cooperative Extension to facilitate a smooth transition.

I will continue to perform the critical functions of the position during the transition to the new vice provost of Cooperative Extension. Recruitment and hiring of new academics are priorities for UC ANR, and these processes will continue in our effort to rebuild the academic footprint. I will also continue to serve on the UC ANR Peer Review Committee for the next two years to ensure continuity and integrity of the academic merit and promotion process.

UC ANR is heading in an exciting direction under the leadership of Vice President Glenda Humiston, Associate Vice President Wendy Powers, and Associate Vice President Tu Tran. I look forward to continuing to work with them and all of you during the transition and the coming years in my new role. I have enjoyed serving as the first UC ANR vice provost of Cooperative Extension over the past two years and thank you all for your support and your continued contributions to UC ANR.

Best regards,

Chris Greer


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Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 1:36 PM
Tags: Chris Greer (3), vice provost (3)

President Napolitano requests ANR’s five-year strategic plan by Oct. 31

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with President Napolitano to review accomplishments and goals for ANR. Following a very upbeat and encouraging conversation, the president requested that ANR's leadership complete a more detailed five-year strategic plan. The draft is due at the end of October, with the final document due in December. 

While this is a timely and useful exercise for the division, it comes with a very challenging timeline. The 2025 Strategic Vision will guide our work, and where strategic plans already exist within the statewide programs, strategic initiatives, Research and Extension Centers, budget plans, etc., we will draw from these plans.

Because of the timeline, it is not possible to conduct the extensive input and feedback processes that were used in creating the 2025 Strategic Vision. However, strategic plans, by nature, are dynamic documents. The intent is to position ANR to achieve the goals laid out in the 2025 Strategic Vision and address strengths, weaknesses and gaps in attaining those goals. The draft that is shared with the president will undergo a vetting process with ANR advisory groups and committees.

The primary planning group will be the Senior Leadership Team. However, other individuals have been invited to participate so that both programs and administrative units are well-represented.

We'll share the final document with you when we've delivered it to the president's office. If you have comments or suggestions for this process, please submit them to me using this link

Best regards,

Glenda Humiston
Vice President

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Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 10:53 AM

Two new ways to get involved in the Global Food Initiative

In July 2014, UC President Janet Napolitano launched the UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) and ANR continues to play a major role in the GFI. Two new examples are a special issue of California Agriculture that is in the planning stages and a food-research video competition for UC students that the Nutrition Policy Institute is co-sponsoring. A call has gone out UC systemwide to participate in these projects.

Special issue of California Agriculture

ANR's peer-reviewed research journal California Agriculture is planning a special Global Food Initiative issue for summer 2017. Developed in partnership with GFI leaders at ANR, UCOP, the 10 UC campuses and the UC-affiliated national laboratories, the issue will mark the third anniversary of the initiative's launch.

The issue will feature a collection of original research papers in the GFI subject areas: nutrition, food security, food sourcing, food equity, food literacy, food recovery, food waste, local food systems, sustainable agricultural production, sustainable fishery practices, sustainable urban agriculture and climate smart agriculture. A call for papers is going out to researchers throughout the UC System.

ANR researchers working in these areas are encouraged to submit papers. Please see the call for manuscripts for full details. Abstracts are due for initial review by Oct. 1, 2016, with complete manuscripts to be submitted by Nov. 18.

If you have questions, contact Jim Downing, executive editor, at and (530) 750-1352.

Food research video contest

The World Food Day Video Challenge, co-sponsored by ANR's Nutrition Policy Institute, the UC Davis World Food Center and the GFI, is open to UC students. Students from all the UC campuses are invited to submit videos up to three minutes long that feature UC research. It could be about their own research or your research.

The winning team will receive $1,000 and an opportunity for team members (up to 3) to attend the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium in October.

One objective of the contest is to raise awareness of the depth and breadth of food-related research and outreach being performed across the UC system.

Please encourage GFI fellows and UC students at your locations to participate by submitting a video by Sept. 7, 2016.

Details about the challenge are at If you have questions, read the FAQs or contact WFC's Amy Beaudrealt at or NPI's Ron Strochlic at

Posted on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 9:35 AM

Timing of Final Pay

This is to inform you of changes to the timing of final pay when an employee retires or voluntarily resigns from an ANR position. 

Previously, University practice was to pay out final wages within 72 hours of the employee's last day at work.  ANR will now issue final wages with the employee's next regular payday.  This change is being applied across the UC system; it is not specific to ANR or UC Davis.

To provide two examples:  If a monthly paid, non-represented employee resigns effective September 15, 2016, final pay would be included in the October 1 paycheck.  If a bi-weekly paid, non-represented employee resigns effective September 15,, 2016, final pay would be included in the October 5 paycheck (the next regular payday in which the earnings for the dates worked would normally be paid).  

For exclusively represented (union) employees, the timing of final pay is subject to the terms of the employee's collective bargaining agreement. Depending on the agreement, it may still be necessary to request a manual, final check in order to comply with the contract terms.

When a limited-term appointment reaches the scheduled end date, this is treated as a voluntary resignation. (The employee agreed to the end date when accepting the appointment.)

There is no change to the timing if an employee's appointment ends involuntarily.  All final wages earned and unpaid at the time of the separation are due and payable immediately. 

For supervisors, when you are notified that an employee is separating or an appointment is ending, it is critical that your office immediately notify ANR Human Resources and the appropriate Business Operations Center (BOC) Payroll unit to initiate the separation process in a timely manner.  Delays in formally separating an employee can delay the processing of the employee's final pay, and unnecessary costs may continue to be assessed to ANR.

Please contact Human Resources or the appropriate BOC Payroll unit if you have questions about the separation process or the timing of final pay.

John Fox
Executive Director, Human Resources


Posted on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 9:51 AM
Tags: Human Resources (8), John Fox (4), salary (5)

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