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Michael Anderson to join ANR Program Council

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce Dr. Michael Anderson will be joining the ANR Program Council, beginning with the September meeting. Anderson is the Divisional Dean for Agriculture and Natural Resources in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) at UC Riverside. He is an Agricultural Experiment Station faculty member and Chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences. He represents CNAS on Program Council, filling the seat recently vacated by Jodie Holt who has retired. Anderson will bring the CNAS perspective and provide environmental chemistry expertise to the discussions. The ANR Program Council advises the Vice President on Division-wide planning and delivery of programs and develops recommendations for allocation of Division resources.

Anderson's research focuses on soil and water sciences.He specializes in applied limnology and lake/reservoir management, surface water quality and modeling, and the fate of contaminants in soils, sediments and waters. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental chemistry from Virginia Tech. He teaches the following courses: Water Resources, Surface Water Quality Modeling, Surface Chemistry of Soils and Limnology.

For more information about Michael Anderson, see The Program Council roster is posted at

Bill Frost
Associate Vice President
Program Council Chair


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Posted on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Travel funds again available for CE specialists to collaborate with CE advisors

ANR will be making additional travel support available for UC Cooperative Extension specialists to collaborate with UCCE advisors in FY 2015/16. With the level of funds available, each specialist may apply for up to $2,500 for FY 2015/16 (funds must be expended by June 30, 2016).  These travel funds must be utilized by the UCCE specialists only and cannot be used for out-of-state travel.

Completing a short online survey is the only step in accessing these funds.

A brief survey form will be accessible from your ANR Portal. The survey will ask 

  • Name and title of specialist requesting support
  • Project/Program name
  • Brief project description (one paragraph)
  • Collaborating advisors

While there is no deadline for applications for these travel funds, they must be expended in the current fiscal year.  We are pleased that we are able to take this step to assist in meeting an identified need.

UCCE specialists may apply for funds directly at

Bill Frost
Interim Vice President


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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 3:47 PM

Napolitano names Glenda Humiston to head Agriculture and Natural Resources

The following message is being released from UCOP today. 

Glenda Humiston

University of California President Janet Napolitano will propose to the UC Board of Regents that they approve a veteran administrator with decades of experience in agriculture, natural resources, and sustainability as the next leader of the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, she announced today (July 10).

Following a national search, Napolitano has tapped Glenda Humiston, Ph.D., currently the California state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, as her nominee for the vice president for the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Humiston has 25 years of experience working on agriculture, natural resources, sustainability, and economic development in rural communities. President Obama appointed her to her current position in 2009.

“Glenda Humiston is a great fit for the UC system at a time when drought has heightened the importance of sustainable agricultural practices,” said Napolitano, who launched a Global Food Initiative last year. “She is a knowledgeable, thoughtful and action-oriented leader who will expand the impact of an agriculture and natural resources division whose reach already extends across the globe.”

The UC Board of Regents will vote on the terms of the appointment at its July 21-23 meeting.

“I am thrilled to join UC's work on the ground linking world-class research with local know-how to elevate rural economies and boost agricultural production,” Humiston said. “Together we can work to provide innovative science-based solutions to farmers and deliver healthier food systems and healthier environments for all Californians.”

Humiston, who earned her doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley, served President Clinton as deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment at USDA. She managed the Sustainable Development Institute at the 2002 World Summit for Sustainable Development in South Africa, as well as the World Water Forum in Mexico City in 2006. Early in her career, she served in the Peace Corps in Tunisia.

The ANR head oversees 1,350 people working in 60 county offices, nine research and extension centers, and three administrative centers. The position became vacant upon the retirement of Barbara Allen-Diaz, the former vice president, on June 30.


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Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 9:10 AM

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

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