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VP announces Work Environment Assessment follow-up

Dear Colleagues,

I want you to know how much I appreciate the time that you took to participate in the Work Environment Assessment in 2012. ANR had a phenomenal 64% response rate! I hosted a virtual town hall with you in April of this year after the results were finally released. Today, I want to provide an update on the steps we are taking to follow up on the Work Environment Assessment. Workshops are being planned for the spring of 2015, and a “Save the Date” message will be coming soon with the date and location of the workshop in each regional grouping. 

Goals of the workshop are to:

  • share information on what we're learning from the assessment results with data by regional grouping as well as overall statewide totals;
  • address instances of exclusionary behavior by engaging in a discussion of Principles of Community; and
  • share information about the new ANR Staff Assembly.

ANR is committed to ensuring a safe, supportive, inclusive and welcoming work environment for everyone. While overall results from the ANR climate study show that most ANR employees are comfortable in their work environment, some reported discomfort.  There is also variation between groups; for example, academics are more comfortable than either represented or non-represented staff. Some employees have experienced exclusionary behavior such as feeling ignored, left out, intimidated or bullied.  

Over the past several months, the UC ANR Work Environment Assessment Committee (see roster below) has been working to identify areas of opportunity for improving the work environment for all ANR employees. The first step will be to engage ANR employees through a series of six workshops.  All academics, staff and county-paid staff will be invited to participate to discuss data from the work environment assessment and additional insights from prior listening sessions. The assessment data will be provided by regional grouping, as well as a statewide overview. 

Although the assessment data that we have does not include campus-based CE specialists (they received the campus version of the survey), they will be invited to participate in the workshops along with the rest of their ANR colleagues. 

We are taking two immediate steps to address the issue of exclusionary behavior.  First, the workshops will include a session devoted to developing “Principles of Community” for ANR.  Principles of Community provide a foundation for understanding our common values.  They define expectations for behavior in the workplace that is professional, welcoming and inclusive.  And they provide a framework for addressing issues that may arise in the workplace.  After all of the workshops have been completed, the draft Principles will be shared and then finalized. 

The second step is to provide a communication mechanism for non-academic staff to voice their issues, concerns and suggestions. ANR academics have the Academic Assembly Council, but there is no similar organization in ANR for staff. Currently all ten campuses, the Berkeley Lab and UCOP have a Staff Assembly organization. There is also a statewide body, called the Council of UC Staff Assemblies (CUCSA) that has representation from all of the Staff Assemblies. I am committed to forming an ANR Staff Assembly. Accordingly, one of the workshop sessions will focus on understanding what an ANR Staff Assembly would do, and why staff would want to be engaged in this organization.

I want to thank the Work Environment Assessment Committee for all of their work to analyze the data and prepare for these workshops. Our work environment is a top priority for me, and I hope you will plan to attend the workshop in your part of the state.


Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President  

Work Environment Assessment Committee
2014-15 Roster

Jodi Azulai, Training and Development Coordinator

Bethanie Brown, Human Resources Supervisor, Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit

Jan Corlett, Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Jeff Dahlberg, Director, Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Chris Greer, Vice Provost, Cooperative Extension

Kat Hicklin, Business Officer, South Coast Research & Extension Center and UC Cooperative Extension Orange County

Amy Long, Administrative Assistant, Cooperative Extension, San Diego County

Linda Manton, Executive Director, Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit; Affirmative Action Contact; Title IX Contact

Robert Martinez, Human Resources Coordinator, Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit

John Sims, Affirmative Action Compliance Officer, Human Resources—Staff Personnel Unit

Rachel Surls, Cooperative Extension Advisor, Los Angeles County


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Posted on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:19 AM

VP approves UCCE positions for recruitment

To continue our aggressive effort in hiring Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists, I am announcing the release of positions for future rounds of hiring. These positions have been through a thorough process of proposal and review. The more than 120 proposals for these CE positions were developed in consultation with our stakeholders. The review process involved public comment (more than 900 individual comments from agricultural organizations, governmental agencies, youth and nutrition coalitions, individuals and many others), ANR Program Teams, Cooperative Extension County Directors and College and School leadership.  All of the review information, along with information regarding current staffing and retirement projections, was considered by ANR Program Council in their deliberations to provide me with recommendations. My decisions in the release of these positions were based upon review of all the available information.

These positions are now in the queue and will be released for recruitment in phases over time to enable us to accomplish the search and hiring process in an orderly fashion, evaluate resources on a real-time basis, deal with unexpected changes in staffing, and address unanticipated issues as they arise. While I am providing the anticipated release dates, we will also be monitoring progress in recruitments already released to ensure that we are progressing efficiently.  Although we have hired more than four dozen new Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists over the past three years, we currently have 20 recruitments of previously released positions either underway or still to be initiated.

So, CE advisor and specialist positions approved for hiring in 2015-2016 (location, counties or campus) are as follows:

Round 1 (Spring 2015)

Area Youth & Community Advisor (Mendocino, Lake)

Area Agronomic Cropping Systems / Nutrient Management Advisor (Kings, Tulare, Fresno)

Area Citrus Advisor (Tulare, Fresno, Madera)

Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science Advisor (Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership)

Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor (Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings)

Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor (San Diego, Orange)

Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor (Siskiyou)

Beef Cattle Herd Health and Production Specialist (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)

Community Food Safety Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UCD)

Integrated Urban Water Management Specialist (College of Natural and Agricultural Science, UCR)

Round 2 (Summer 2015)

Area Youth & Families Advisor (Imperial)

Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science Advisor (San Mateo, Santa Clara)

Area Small Farms Advisor (Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Benito)

Area Rice Advisor (Sutter-Yuba, Placer, Sacramento)

Area Orchard Systems Advisor (Madera, Merced)

Area Vegetable Crops Advisor (Colusa, Sutter-Yuba)

Area 4-H Youth Development Advisor (Marin, Sonoma, Napa)

Agricultural Safety & Health Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Irrigation Water Management Specialist (Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center)

Quantitative Policy Analysis Specialist (College of Natural Resources, UCB)

Round 3 (Fall 2015)

Area Agronomic Cropping / Weed Science Advisor (Glenn, Butte, Tehama)

Area Agronomy Advisor (Capitol Corridor Multi-County Partnership)

Area Nutrition, Family and Consumer Science Advisor (Tulare, Kings)

Livestock and Range Economics Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Aquaculture Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Mechanization Engineering Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Round 4 (Spring 2016)

Area Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor (Placer-Nevada, Sutter-Yuba)

Area Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor (Plumas-Sierra, Butte)

Area Nutrition, Family & Consumer Science Advisor (Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter-Yuba)

Area Vegetable Production & Irrigation Advisor (Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced)

Area Low Desert Weed Advisor (Imperial, Riverside)

Forest Products and Woody Biomass Specialist (College of Natural Resources, UCB)

Orchard Crop Entomology Specialist (College of Natural and Agricultural Science, UCR – located at KARE)

Evaluation Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Round 5 (Summer 2016)

Area Sustainable Orchard Systems Advisor (Butte, Glenn, Tehama)

Area Orchard & Vineyard Systems Advisor (Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Alameda)

Community Economic Development Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Dairy Cattle Production Health Management Specialist (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)

Round 6 (Fall 2016)

Area Desert Livestock Advisor (Imperial, Riverside, San Bernardino)

Area Forestry & Natural Resources Advisor (Sutter-Yuba, Butte, Nevada

Area Livestock & Range Advisor (Ventura, Santa Barbara)

Area Dairy Systems Advisor (Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino)

Biometeorology Specialist (College of Agricultural and Environmental Science, UCD)

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

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Posted on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 3:10 PM

Dan Dooley to leave UC

Dear Colleagues,

Dan Dooley, senior vice president for External Relations and former VP for ANR, has announced he will be leaving the University of California at the end of the year. 

Here is an excerpt from President Napolitano's message to UCOP staff: 

“Dan has been a respected member of the UCOP leadership team for nearly seven years. He first joined UC as the Vice President of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Division. For the last six years, he has led the External Relations Division. In that position, he has played a critical role in driving UC's engagement with government leaders in both Sacramento and Washington and shaping our internal and external communications efforts.”

We thank Dan for his service to ANR and wish him well.

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

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Posted on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

Wilen named new EIPD Strategic Initiative leader

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce Cheryl Wilen has agreed to lead the Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD) Strategic Initiative, effective today (July 1). In this role, Cheryl will provide direction for the initiative, including shepherding the ANR Competitive Grants process, planning and conducting strategic initiative conferences, and identifying and initiating EIPD efforts such as development of policy briefs and other special projects. As the EIPD initiative leader, Cheryl will also serve on the ANR Program Council.

As she has since 1995, Cheryl will continue as the area integrated pest management advisor for Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. She conducts applied research and extends information working with growers and pest control advisors in the turf, ornamental, and nursery industries, and serves as the IPM advisor coordinator to help develop successful IPM programs. In addition, until mid-September, she is serving as acting director for the UC Statewide IPM Program while Director Kassim Al-Khatib is on sabbatical leave. Her educational background includes a Ph.D. in botany from UC Riverside and M.S. and B.S. in horticulture, from the University of Arizona and University of Maryland, respectively.

She succeeds Beth Grafton-Cardwell, who we thank for three years of steadfast leadership. As chair of the EIPD panel of experts, Beth worked to develop the EIPD strategic plan that focuses cutting-edge research and extension in three priority issue areas: exclusion of pests and pathogens, emerging problems with pests and diseases and integrated management.

For more information about the EIPD strategic initiative, visit

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

Bill Frost
Associate Vice President


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Chris Greer named ANR vice provost

I am pleased to announce that after a nationwide search we have selected Christopher Greer, Ph.D., to serve as the vice provost of UC Cooperative Extension effective July 1. Chris is currently UC Cooperative Extension director in Colusa, Sutter, Yuba and Glenn counties.   

Since 2002, he has served as UCCE area rice advisor, first in Colusa, Glenn and Yolo counties, and most recently in Sutter, Yuba, Sacramento and Placer counties. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in plant pathology from UC Davis and B.S. in bioenvironmental sciences from Texas A&M University. 

As those of you who viewed the presentations know, he was chosen from an excellent pool of experienced and highly qualified candidates. Chris, who combines broad programmatic knowledge with his great managerial and communication skills, stood out as the best choice for this position. He has broad experience within ANR, serving as president of the Academic Assembly Council, as well as a member of the ANR Peer Review Committee, UC FSNEP/CalFresh Advisory Committee and the County Director Council, among many other roles. His breadth of programmatic and administrative knowledge provide him with the tools needed for this important job.

In his new role as vice provost, Chris will be responsible for guiding all county based academic programs. He will coordinate programs and priorities with those of the Agricultural Experiment Station counterpart units and ensure ANR programs align with UC ANR's strategic vision and are relevant to the people of California. As a senior leader he will serve as the statewide administrative leader for county-based Cooperative Extension programs. The directors of county-based UCCE programs will report to this position, as will the executive director of the ANR Academic Personnel Unit. As vice provost, Chris will serve on the ANR Program Council and report directly to the associate vice president.

He will be based at the ANR Building in Davis, but will be traveling frequently to meet with colleagues throughout the state. I welcome Chris to ANR's leadership team.

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President


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Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

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