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ANR leadership thanks Barbara Allen-Diaz

As UC ANR Vice President Barbara Allen-Diaz completes her successful 30+ year career with the University of California, we want to thank her for her contributions to the Division. For several years, the Division has been guided by our Strategic Vision, of which she was a key architect. In bringing the Strategic Vision to life, she initiated the ANR Competitive Grants Program to target resources at critical issues where policy-relevant impacts could be achieved. She also led the development of a thorough process, involving significant internal and external review and input, to identify critical Cooperative Extension Advisor and Specialist positions and made the bold decision to aggressively rebuild the Cooperative Extension footprint across the state.

Her leadership, perhaps best described by UC President Janet Napolitano as “decisiveness with charisma,” resulted in numerous advancements for UC ANR including consolidation of many units into one location on Second Street in Davis; increased direct support for CE positions from several stakeholder/commodity groups; development of two institutes – California Institute of Water Resources and Nutrition Policy Institute; designation of three new statewide programs – Master Food Preservers, California Naturalists, and Informatics and GIS Program; hiring of 90+ Cooperative Extension Specialists and Advisors, with 45+ scheduled to be hired in 2015-2016; among many others. 

She has been cited by many UC stakeholder groups as rebuilding the connection to, and relationship with, them and the University of California throughout the state.

While we focus on thanking her for her leadership accomplishments, her scholarly accomplishments should also be noted.  Perhaps best illustrating her academic impacts are recognition by the Society for Range Management with the Frederic G. Renner Award for her career achievements, and her role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change where she led the effort to determine climate change impacts on rangeland – an effort that was part of the team who shared in the Nobel Peace Prize.

Barbara is transitioning to a well-deserved retirement and we want to thank her for her tireless efforts in advancing ANR, Cooperative Extension and the Research and Extension Center System, through education and advocacy with leadership and partners within and outside the UC system to position the Division in its rightful place as a valuable statewide arm of the University.

Bill Frost, Interim Vice President

Tu Tran, Associate Vice President, Business Operations

Lisa Fischer, Associate Director, Research and Extension Center System

Chris Greer, Vice Provost, Cooperative Extension

Jan Corlett, Chief of Staff to the Vice President


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Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Call for staff applications to UC Management Skills Assessment Program closes July 6

Applications are being accepted for the Fall 2015 Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP). This program is designed to assess the management skills of high-potential, early-career staff supervisors and managers for future leadership opportunities at the University of California (academics are not eligible). The program is scheduled for October 12-15, 2015, at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

UC ANR has one seat for the Fall 2015 program and we are seeking staff applicants.

Applications must be completed and submitted online at by noon, Monday, July 6.

Department heads, unit leaders and directors are urged to discuss the program with supervisors, managers and professionals who exhibit potential for management development and to encourage them to apply.

Eligibility requirements for staff participants include (note: academic employees are not eligible for this program):

  • Classification at “___” Assistant III Supervisor, equivalent or above
  • Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Designation as a supervisor or manager in their classification

Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's (1) career goals in management, (2) level of skills essential for performing management functions, and (3) demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development.

The cost for the program is $1,095 (including all program materials and room and board for three days and two nights). This does not include transportation or other related travel costs. ANR will cover the cost of the program for the successful participant, as well as travel costs according to ANR policy.

Further information and the 2015 online MSAP application form (including applicant and supervisor components) can be found at An ANR committee will review all applications and make the final selection.Complete applications must be submitted online at by noon, Monday, July 6.

For more information, contact Jodi Azulai at


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Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 8:54 AM

Annual Notification: How to File Whistleblower Complaints

The University of California is committed to maintaining the highest standards of conduct in the fulfillment of its education, research, public service and patient care mission. The University's Whistleblower Policy provides multiple avenues for employees to bring forward concerns of potential employee misconduct. All University employees are encouraged to bring forward concerns about possible improper governmental activity directly to their supervisor, department head, Locally Designated Official (LDO) or other appropriate university offices or officials.

The University established a systemwide independently operated whistleblower hotline to allow for calls or web-based reporting from all University employees with a provision for anonymous reporting. The hotline relays the reported concerns to appropriate university officials for processing. This hotline is staffed seven days a week, 24 hours per day and is capable of receiving reports in a number of different languages.

The universitywide toll-free number is 1-800-403-4744. Web-based reports can be made by accessing More information about the whistleblower process can be found on the UC Whistleblower website and on posters displayed in various employee areas. The university's whistleblower poster identifies other channels for reporting improper governmental activity, including the California State Auditor, the California Attorney General and locations for reporting fraud and abuse involving federal programs.

The California Government Code requires every state agency, including the University of California, to annually distribute to its employees a message from the California State Auditor that provides an explanation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act.  Please find the 2015 message attached.


Jake McGuire
Controller & Locally Designated Official

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Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 12:11 PM

VP Allen-Diaz's farewell to the ANR community

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Dear ANR Community:

Thank you for all your efforts on behalf of the people of California, UC ANR, the University of California, and me, personally. We have had the opportunity to share our excellent research and education programming as well as initiate new and exciting programs and activities. I can't thank you enough for all the support that you have given me over the last 5 to 8 years. Never forget the incredibly invaluable role that you play in providing science-based information to decision makers, providing science-based solutions to new and/or vexing problems in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, and youth development. Never forget that it is you who create educational programs that reach some of our most underserved communities and well as programs that improve our water quality, pest management options, conserve our natural and water resources, and serve our youth with programming in 4-H club, after-school and camp programs.

We have done a lot in the last few years, and some of the highlights include

  1. rebuilding our CE academic footprint by hiring some 90 new CE Advisors and Specialists with 45 new releases on the way, identifying priority positions with internal and stakeholder input.
  2. providing an active hub for UC ANR by purchasing 2801 Second Street, consolidating 145 of our programmatic and administrative staff into one location, and designing it for use by all of our folks across the state.
  3. purchasing another 10 acres adjacent to 2801 Second Street for UC ANR to expand and showcase our programs well into the future.
  4. insisting always that UC ANR be treated fairly within UC policies so that our academics have the same privileges as campus-professorial faculty, including access to Mortgage Origination Program loans, equivalent status, and compensation. We have different roles and foci, but we draw our academics from the same pools – only our academics make a difference working directly with Californians in communities throughout the state.
  5. strengthening our strategic initiatives by providing leadership and resources, through a competitive grants program and other means, to ensure that our resources are focused on sustainable agriculture, sustainable natural resources, water, endemic and invasive pests and diseases, and healthy families and communities.
  6. strengthening our statewide programs by ensuring excellent leadership and providing support, and strategically creating new statewide programs (IGIS, Master Food Preservers and Master Naturalist).
  7. creating two ANR Institutes: California Institute for Water Resources and the Nutrition Policy Institute, both directed by outstanding leaders in their fields, increasing ANR visibility as well as connections with our campus partners.
  8.  working through the initial results of our work environment study, listening to employees and actively working to create a Staff Assembly Council to give our staff voice to administration and to the UC system.
  9. staying in the trenches with UC Path, continuing to work toward creating for a single unified business unit, which will increase efficiency enormously when we don't have to reconcile five different ledgers to answer even simple questions.

UC ANR has a unique role as a leader and coordinator of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension faculty and programs on behalf of our great California land-grant university. We conduct relevant, often cutting-edge, problem solving-focused research and education programs that make a difference to young and old across the state. UC ANR is a valuable contributor to the UC President's initiatives, bringing practical, local experience to bear on these statewide, nationwide and global issues. Our Research and Extension Centers are jewels in the crown of UC, where basic and applied research and education occurs with the guidance of highly professional and engaged staff. With a presence in every county in California, Cooperative Extension is the face of the University of California in most communities, and the programs that you deliver improve the lives of Californians every day.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you, learn from you, and move forward with you. The future looks very bright; our partners both within UC and throughout the state are engaged with us, and together we can continue to make a difference for California and the world.


Barbara Allen Diaz
Vice President

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Posted on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Wilen named acting UC IPM director

Cheryl Wilen
We are pleased to announce that Cheryl Wilen has agreed to serve as acting director for the UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program, effective July 1 until the search for the IPM director concludes.

Kassim Al-Khatib, who has been the UC IPM director since 2009, is transitioning to a UC Cooperative Extension specialist position located in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. This move will allow him to focus on his research in weed management.

Wilen is also leader of the Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases (EIPD) strategic initiative. Based in San Diego, she will continue to serve as the area integrated pest management advisor for the turf, ornamental and nursery industries in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties. Last summer, Wilen served as acting director for the IPM program while Al-Khatib was on sabbatical leave on a Fulbright Scholarship in Turkey. 

Barbara Allen-Diaz
Vice President

Bill Frost
Associate Vice President


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Posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 10:51 AM

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