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Commitment and Continuity

Dear Colleagues,

As I assume the responsibilities of vice president, my strongest goal is to ensure that the entire UC Agriculture and Natural Resources community thrives. With the Strategic Vision as our guide for resource allocation and decision-making, I will work to provide continuity in our programs and operations.

To maintain the momentum already established, I will chair the Executive Council, which is comprised of the deans from the three colleges and the School of Veterinary Medicine. We will continue our critical discussions on strategically allocating our existing resources, seeking new resources, and building the research and extension continuum strengthened by the unrivaled breadth of our subject-matter expertise and our professional excellence.

The Executive Working Group will continue with its existing members, with a number of responsibilities redistributed in the new leadership structure.

Bill Frost will continue to report to me, but will assume many of the duties and relationships of my previous position. Bill will chair ANR’s Program Council. He will also provide leadership to ANR statewide and county programs, county administrative operations, academic personnel, and the Research and Extension Center System. County directors and our first multi-county partnership director report to Bill as of October 1, 2011.

Kay Harrison Taber will report to me and continue her critical leadership in seeking efficiencies in business operations. Thus far we have captured significant administrative savings while improving business and operational efficiencies and releasing additional resources for programmatic support.

Bob Sams will report to me and will take on additional responsibilities of expanding our strategic communications capabilities, advancing advocacy efforts, and improving coordination with campus and UCOP external and government relations units. He will continue to oversee Communication Services and Information Technology.

Don Klingborg will report to me and continue to establish new partnership models with county governments and enhance our local program delivery through stabilized county support.

As we progress, I want to emphasize our ability to meet our commitments and advance our vision for California. To ensure this, my top priority is to fill critical academic positions identified over the past year. We will move as quickly as possible to recruit outstanding academic specialists and advisors.

Additionally, we will move promptly to announce the awards in our competitive grants process and get to work on an exciting range of projects identified by the Strategic Initiatives.

Over the 25 years that I’ve been part of ANR, I’ve been proud to belong to this amazing community with its long list of important accomplishments. Under my leadership, ANR will continue to evolve and develop strong programs and far-reaching plans that improve the lives of Californians and, indeed, the world.

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources

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Posted on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Recommended budget approaches sent to EWG

Senior UC leaders have established budget targets to absorb a $500 million reduction in state funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Office of the President has preliminarily assigned ANR a $6.2 million reduction for FY 2011-12. The exact amount will not be certain until final action on the State budget and action by the Board of Regents.

VP Dooley appointed an ad hoc budget committee to develop principles to guide the implementation of the $6.2 million reduction and, where appropriate, to make specific recommendations to achieve the budget target.

The committee recently completed their task by reporting their information to ANR Program Council and ANR’s Executive Working Group. In their short time span, 18 days, the committee developed a set of recommended guiding principles for application in the budget decision process. These principles included:

·         Layoffs will be resorted to last.

·         To the maximum extent possible, preserve the academic reversion pool for hiring of new academics.

·         Support academics equitably across all program areas.

·         Make decisions that can be enacted immediately.

·         All programs and all units are “on the table.”

·         When program funding is reduced, give the director the ability to determine how best to enact the reduction.

·         Consider elimination of some programs/program areas rather than eroding funding for all programs. If a proposed reduction results in inadequate support for program development or delivery, then program should be considered for elimination.

The Committee also identified four approaches to reaching the $6.2 million target reduction:

·         Reductions of programs and units

·         Program elimination

·         Maximizing the use of endowments

·         Revenue enhancement

The committee concluded that it will take a blend of these approaches to meet the target budget reduction rather than any one approach.

The committee concluded their work by applying the guiding principles and a blend of approaches to develop a budget reduction scenario. All of the information developed by the committee and the comments and recommendations made by Program Council following the committee’s presentation have been provided to ANR’s Executive Working Group. VP Dooley expects to make budget decisions as soon as is prudent, taking into consideration state budget developments.

The ANR Update announcing appointment of the budget committee with the list of committee members is at


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Posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

ANR assigned $6.2 million reduction; budget committee formed

Senior UC leaders have established budget targets to absorb a $500 million reduction in state funding for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Office of the President has assigned ANR a $6.2 million reduction for FY 2011-12. With the state budget still uncertain, they hope to present a final budget for regental approval in July.

To develop a well-considered budget reduction plan for ANR, VP Dooley has appointed a budget committee to develop scenarios for accommodating the $6.2 million reduction.

The committee is composed of Jennifer Bunge, associate director of ANR Budget Office; Morgan Doran, UCCE advisor in Solano County; Cheryl Gould, UC IPM administrative coordinator; Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Lindcove Research and Extension Center director and UCCE specialist; Rose Hayden-Smith, ANR Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative Leader and UCCE advisor in Ventura County; Darren Haver, South Coast Research and Extension director and UCCE advisor in Orange County; Neil McDougald, UCCE county director in Madera County and UCCE advisor; Larry Schwankl, UCCE specialist located at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center; and Jim Sullins, UCCE county director in Tulare County and UCCE advisor. Co-chairs are Kay Harrison Taber, ANR associate vice president-Business Operations, and Bill Frost, associate director of Research and Extension Centers. Donna Jones, ANR budget director, and Peggy Michel, deputy to the AVP-Business Operations, serve as resource staff.

The committee initially met May 16 and reviewed work conducted in previous budget analyses. They will discuss the reduction level and prepare budget scenarios to be presented to Program Council at the June 8 meeting.  Program Council will discuss the scenarios and provide comments and recommendations to the ANR Executive Working Group.

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Posted on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Nominations sought for county structure task forces

ANR is forming task forces to evaluate UC Cooperative Extension structure in the counties. Cooperative Extension advisors and county-based program representatives are being asked to nominate one person per county to join the county director for their respective county on a county structure task force. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 20.

The county structure task forces will be charged with collecting the data on staffing, facilities, transportation, information technology and administration for their county CE programs, including funding from UC, county government, grants and other sources. This information will be organized and will serve as the basis for evaluating our future structure of local delivery. The task forces will be organized around counties with historical affinities, and in some cases from declarations by the counties that they want to pursue a multi-county partnership within the grouping. The ultimate structure of our county programs will be informed from evaluation of the data provided by these task forces and other study groups within ANR.

The county groupings for each task force are as follows:

  • Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara
  • Butte, Tehama, Glenn, Sutter, Colusa, Yuba
  • Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, Kern
  • Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, Lake
  • Marin, Sonoma, Napa
  • Imperial, San Diego, Riverside
  • Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino
  • Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin
  • Modoc, Siskiyou, Shasta, Trinity
  • Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz
  • Placer-Nevada, Sacramento, Yolo, Solano
  • San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Each task force charge will be finalized and communicated as soon as the task force members have been identified.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 1:18 PM

2009-10 merit and promotion cycle completed

Dear Colleagues,

We have completed the merit and promotion cycle for 2009-2010. More than 80 actions were processed statewide for UC ANR academics.

I am grateful to the academics who served on the Senior Administrative Council (SAC) this cycle – Peggy Mauk, Linda Manton, Bill Frost, Steve Vasquez, Terry Salmon and Lucia Kaiser. This University service is extraordinary and allowed the process some stability during this time of transition.

I am working with AVP Barbara Allen-Diaz and the Executive Working Group to develop the new merit and promotion process reflecting our shared goals to maintain academic excellence, streamline the process and provide peer review input. Academic Assembly Council, the Personnel Committee and others have provided input to this point.

The new process will be confirmed this summer in order to be prepared for this fall’s cycle of events. We will send you details of the new process when they are finalized. We envision the new process to be led by academic peers selected through an open nomination process.

Kimberly A. Rodrigues
Executive Director, Academic Personnel

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Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 5:38 PM

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