Corlett named VP chief of staff
I am pleased to announce that Jan Corlett, chief of staff to UC Provost and Executive Vice President Larry Pitts, has accepted the position as my chief of staff. She will join the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) on Dec. 5.
I am thrilled to have Jan join our staff. Serving as executive officer and chief of staff in Academic Affairs, she has already demonstrated her effectiveness at many of the same skills that are needed in ANR. Jan’s academic credentials are uniquely well-matched to UC ANR’s mission and her professional accomplishments leave no doubt of her immediate contribution to our strategic vision.
As chief of staff, Jan will be responsible for providing leadership and managerial support to the units that report to the vice president, serving as the executive officer for day-to-day administrative ANR issues. She will also provide leadership and support to the strategic initiatives, Academic Senate matters, development of multi-county partnerships and new initiatives. She will join the Executive Working Group as a full member.
Upon request, she will act on my behalf on ANR matters with UC colleagues and external stakeholders.
In other duties, Jan will serve as a senior consultant to me on the development and implementation of strategy for ANR. She will play a key role in establishing overarching objectives for the Division and ensuring the necessary staffing, resources and internal project management to achieve those objectives.
She began her career with UC in 1999 evaluating the California Food and Fiber Futures project for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and serving as assistant director of the Academic Preparation Programs at UC Davis. In 2002, she moved to UCOP to serve as assistant director of the Early Academic Outreach Program. In 2005, she was tapped to become special assistant to the provost and deputy to the vice provost, and she was promoted to executive officer and chief of staff to the provost in 2009.
Before joining UC, Jan served in the Peace Corps in Upper Volta and worked for PLAN International for 10 years as a field director in Southeast Asia and as the assistant director of the department of international relations for the child-focused development organization.
Jan earned a B.A. in international studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and an M.S. in international agricultural development and a Ph.D. in geography from UC Davis.
Please join me in welcoming Jan to ANR.
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