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ANR calls for applications for SI leader positions, deadline Nov. 6

ANR academics are invited to apply for Strategic Initiative leader positions, which play key roles in advocating, convening and communicating to strengthen UC ANR's research and outreach agenda. Given the evolving role of the UC ANR Strategic Initiatives (SI), the current SI leaders have agreed that it would be beneficial to conduct an open search for the next set of SI leaders from across the breadth of expertise of the division.

During the second half of 2017, three SI leader positions are scheduled to rotate off, opening up opportunities for others to take the lead for Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases, Sustainable Food Systems and Sustainable Natural Resources.

Strategic Initiative leader positions are filled by UC ANR academics, who are appointed by the vice president on a rotating basis for three years, with a possibility of extension. The positions are open to all ANR academics, including Agricultural Experiment Station faculty and Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists.

Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases is currently led by Cheryl WilenDavid Doll leads Sustainable Food Systems, and John Harper leads Sustainable Natural Resources. Staying on are Doug Parker, who leads Water Quality, Quantity and Security, and Keith Nathaniel, who leads Healthy Families and Communities.

To apply for one of the SI leader positions, complete the form at Applications will be accepted until Nov. 6.

Applicants will be contacted for interviews in late November or early December. The new leaders are anticipated to start on Jan. 2, 2018.

For information regarding the roles and responsibilities of the Strategic Initiative leader position, see the Terms of Reference for Strategic Initiative Leaders. If you have questions, contact Mark Bell, vice provost of Strategic Initiatives and Statewide Programs.

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Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 1:50 PM

Register for May and June UC ANR program team meetings

Register for May and June UC ANR program team meetings

Registration is open for the following program team meetings in May and June: Agronomic Crops, Pest Management and Positive Youth Development. Associated workgroups may also meet at the program team meetings. Registration links are below:

All program teams will have an opportunity to meet at the 2018 UC ANR Statewide Meeting, which will be held the week of April 8, 2018, in Ontario. Please mark your calendars.

The strategic initiative leaders and a planning committee are working with Sherry Cooper, director of the Program Support Unit, on an agenda that leaves time for program teams to meet in conjunction with the event. During fiscal year 2017-18, April 8-13 will be the time for program teams to meet. No additional funding will be provided to hold program team meetings between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, (FY18) other than during the statewide meeting the week of April 8-13, 2018.

In the coming months, Cooper will solicit program team requests for meeting rooms. If you have ideas for the statewide meeting, please share them with any of the strategic initiative leaders.

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Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017 at 9:05 AM

Update on Vice Provost – Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives search

Dear Colleagues,

Following an interview process, assessment of the feedback collected from the search committee and seminar attendees, and my own careful review of application materials, I am requesting that the Vice Provost – Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives position be reposted so that we may solicit more candidates for consideration.

While a new position for UC ANR, the Vice Provost – Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives is a key position, particularly given our current strategic planning process. This individual will provide oversight, coordination and vision for our programmatic efforts and ensure that the tremendous amount of outstanding work already underway across the state not only continues but excels.

Although we saw several strong applicants, we want to be certain that we have done our due diligence in finding the very best person for this critical job.

I want to thank the search committee for the exceptional work they have done to date. I especially appreciate their continued willingness to search for that extraordinary leader who possesses the unique set of skills needed to build on UC ANR's current successes and direct our programs toward California's future needs.

The ideal candidate will be a leader who

  • understands and appreciates the breadth of work conducted through UC ANR and the complexity of our partnerships across UC and California
  • can create, gain buy-in to and deploy a strategic vision
  • can quickly get up to speed, building on his or her past demonstrated expertise in strategic leadership and team building
  • has extensive experience in managing a large number of intelligent, high-performing directors and supporting and empowering those directors to reach new heights 

The Vice Provost – Statewide Programs/Strategic Initiatives position will be reopened for recruitment very soon. Please talk with colleagues who fit this description and encourage them to apply for this important leadership role.



Glenda Humiston
Vice President


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Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Upcoming UC ANR program team meetings and Strategic Initiatives conference

Several program teams and workgroups will be meeting before the end of the year. See below.

Viticulture Program Team Meeting
Thursday, November 3
J. Lohr Wine Center in Paso Robles
Discussion topics include wine grape production manual, GiESCO meeting and tour in Argentina/Chile, November 4 seminar and potential future seminars in other areas.

Program Contact: Mark Battany

Website and Registration


SNE and EIPD Joint SI Conference

Wednesday, November 16

The Conference Center, UC Davis

The Joint Strategic Initiatives Conference for Sustainable and Natural Ecosystems (SNE) and Endemic & Invasive Pests & Diseases (EIPD)  provides an opportunity for colleagues to learn about the projects, programs, and research efforts happening throughout the Division that are at the intersections of pest management and natural resources. Several work groups will meet and an in-service training will be held in conjunction with this conference. The full agenda is here.

Program Contacts: Cheryl Wilen or John Harper

Website and Registration


Meat Production and Food Safety Program Team Meeting

Wednesday, November 30, through Thursday, December 1

Nugget Hotel and Casino in Sparks, Nevada

Discussion topics include Taurus, livestock economics, water use by cattle on California rangelands, greenhouse gas emission and the livestock industry and more. See the full agenda here.

Program Contact: Theresa Becchetti or James Oltjen

Website and Registration


Vegetable Crops Program Team Meeting

Monday, December 5, through Tuesday, December 6

UC Davis, ARC Ballroom

The Weed Workgroup will also be meeting jointly with the Vegetable Crops PT on December 6, and individually on December 7 at the Lecture Hall, Bowley Center.

Program Contact: Gale Perez or Tim Hartz

Website and Registration


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Posted on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Register for upcoming Strategic Initiative and Program Team events

Registration is open for several upcoming ANR Strategic Initiative and Program Team events. Dates and links to more information are listed below.

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2017 Strategic Initiative events being planned

The Water and Sustainable Food Systems strategic initiatives are in the process of planning a co-hosted conference in the spring. The Sustainable Food Systems Strategic Initiative is also planning a conference for the fall. More information will be shared as details are firmed up.

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Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 at 11:17 AM

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