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Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension search extended

Dear Colleagues,

Following an interview process and review of the feedback collected from the search committee and seminar attendees as well as the application materials, I am requesting that the Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension search be extended so that we may solicit more candidates for consideration. 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.

The Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension is a key position that provides oversight and coordination for the academic review process. In addition, the person in this position will provide leadership and vision for our network of county leaders and how we partner with counties, seeking to strengthen these partnerships going forward while providing support to UC ANR county leaders. Chris Greer will continue to fulfill the duties of the Vice Provost until June 30.  

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 the complexity of our county partnerships and the county-by-county needs across California;
  • can create, gain buy-in to and deploy a vision to support Cooperative Extension county leadership and facilitate their success;
  • appreciates the breadth in program areas within UC Cooperative Extension;
  • has extensive personnel experience with academic hiring and merit and promotion processes; and 
  • can quickly get up to speed, building on his or her past demonstrated expertise in Extension and academia.

The Vice Provost – Cooperative Extension position is an ongoing recruitment until the position is filled. Please talk with colleagues who fit this description and encourage them to apply for this important leadership role.



Wendy Powers
Associate Vice President

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Posted on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 10:16 AM
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UC ANR introduces Market-based Adjustment Plan for staff salaries

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, attracting and retaining highly qualified employees is a top priority for UC ANR. To be more competitive among many diverse employment markets, we have developed a plan to address the competitiveness of our staff salaries. 

As part of UC ANR's overall compensation strategy, I have approved a four-year Market-based Adjustment Plan for non-represented staff to ensure salaries of existing staff are better aligned with the labor market. All non-represented staff are eligible to participate in this plan, regardless of their position's funding source. For some of you whose compensation has fallen behind market rates, the Division is making a significant effort to address this issue, as long as it is fiscally viable and prudent to do so.

Using UC Career Tracks, UC ANR Human Resources will be able to identify, review and address the salaries of non-represented staff members whose pay is not in the targeted competitive zone. This strategy will be implemented over four years, which will allow us to better manage the fiscal impact of the salary adjustments.

Eligible employees will be notified individually within the next few weeks. These market-based adjustments are separate and distinct from any merit program approved centrally by President Napolitano.

For more information, please read the FAQs at



Glenda Humiston
Vice President


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Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:58 AM

UCCE offices affected by the Oroville Dam spillway situation

As you may have heard, nearly 200,000 people have been evacuated in the area around Oroville Dam due to the threat of flooding from a break in the spillway over the weekend.

I want you to know that I have been in communication with the county directors in the UC Cooperative Extension offices in Butte, Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties and they have confirmed that all staff members from those offices are accounted for and in a safe place.

Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center is on high ground and not affected, but some staff members and their families have been affected by the evacuations in the Marysville/Yuba City area. I'm told they have all checked in safe.

The three UCCE county offices are closed today due to evacuations or alerts in the immediate area: Butte County in Oroville, Sutter/Yuba County in Yuba City and Colusa County in Colusa.

The Butte office will also be closed on Tuesday, and re-opening depends on how the situation progresses.

I have let County Directors Cass Mutters, Janine Hasey and Luis Espino know that UC ANR is ready to help and support them and their staff during this crisis.

Chris Greer

Vice Provost
UC Cooperative Extension

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Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

UC ANR to boost 4-H and MFP county support, better integrate YFC programs

The extended vacancy of the Youth, Families and Communities Director position (vacant 17 months) has given us time to consider program needs and how we, as a Division, can best meet those needs moving forward. After reflection, collecting recommendations from the respective Statewide Directors and gathering input from the broader ANR community, I have decided not to fill the YFC Director position. Interim Co-directors Shannon Horrillo and Katie Panarella have provided excellent leadership and afforded the Division an opportunity to invest the unused salary provision to further strengthen and support the YFC program. 

Funds designated for the YFC Director position will be reinvested into YFC programs to support growth and new opportunities. The statewide program directors identified program integration among 4-H Youth Development, Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences, Master Food Preserver and Master Gardener programs as a key priority. In support of their vision, we will hire a Program Integration Coordinator who will support efforts to integrate across programs and disciplines to maximize extension efforts and identify new multidisciplinary funding opportunities. This is consistent with the original intent of having a YFC program and a goal within the UC ANR strategic plan to better integrate and focus our efforts. The position will be released in the coming months with interviews anticipated in May.  

Subsequently, based on the directors' recommendations, we will invest in hiring a Master Food Preserver and Food Entrepreneurship Academic Coordinator. This position will bring together our existing work with home food preservation, cottage foods and innovation in agriculture to best address the food security needs of California and to pursue funding opportunities to implement programming. Additionally, we will hire a part-time 4hOnline Data System Administrator to centralize some 4hOnline administrative functions at the state level, reducing the administrative workload on 4-H county-based staff and increasing technical assistance and support.

We believe this plan will provide the needed support to position YFC for growth and to meet future needs. Shannon Horrillo will continue permanently as the Statewide 4-H Director and Katie Panarella as the Statewide Nutrition, Family and Consumer Sciences Director and Co-director of the Master Food Preserver Program. They will continue working in partnership with Missy Gable, the Statewide Master Gardener Director and Co-director of the Master Food Preserver Program to lead these high-priority ANR statewide programs and integration in ways that leverage their assets for greater collective impact.   

Best regards,

Wendy Powers
Associate Vice President


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Posted on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9:50 AM

Resources to address sexual violence and sexual harassment

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to remind you that UC Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to creating and maintaining a community where all individuals who are employed or participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in an atmosphere free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation or intimidation.

Our commitment includes complying with Title IX, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment and sexual violence are forms of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX.

To fulfill its obligations under Title IX and other related state and federal laws, including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which amended the Clery Act, effective January 1, 2016, the University implemented an updated Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment Policy. The updated policy outlines the University's procedures for responding promptly and effectively to reports of prohibited conduct such as sexual harassment and sexual violence, which includes sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and gender-based harassment. The policy prohibits retaliation against a person for the good-faith reporting of any of these forms of conduct or participating in any related investigation or proceeding. The University of California systemwide Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment is available online at

UC ANR's local procedures have been added to the Administrative Handbook and are available at on page 5. The procedures for reporting incidents are also located on UC ANR's Discrimination and Sexual Violence Prevention website under Reporting Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment.

To further support the UC ANR community, we recently expanded our resources by adding the UC Davis Center for Advocacy Resources and Education(CARE). CARE is the Advocacy Office for Sexual and Gender-based Violence and Sexual Misconduct, and it serves as a confidential resource for UC ANR staff and academics, as well as students, who have experienced any form of sexual violence, including sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/dating violence and stalking. CARE provides 24/7 emergency response, crisis intervention and support services for survivors.

All UC employees (except those specifically identified and designated as confidential employees) are required to notify the Title IX Officer if they receive information from a student about a possible incident of sexual violence or sexual harassment. CARE and the UC Davis Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) can offer confidential consultations without reporting the incident to the Title IX Officer.

Any member of the UC ANR community may report conduct that may constitute sexual violence, sexual harassment, retaliation and other prohibited behavior by contacting the UC ANR Title IX Officer, John Sims, or another Responsible Employee. A Responsible Employee in UC ANR who receives a report alleging sexual violence or sexual harassment must promptly notify the UC ANR Title IX Officer even if the individual making the report requests that no action be taken. Responsible Employees include academic appointees, all personnel of the UC ANR Human Resources Office, and directors, managers and supervisors.

Anyone who is aware of an act or acts of violence can anonymously report the incident by reporting the incident to The UC Whistleblower hotline at or (800) 403-4744.

The University will respond promptly and effectively to any report of harassment and discrimination and will take appropriate action to prevent, correct and, when necessary, discipline behavior that violates University policy.

Creating an atmosphere free of violence, harassment and discrimination for everyone to work and learn is a responsibility that we all share. Thank you for helping maintain a safe and comfortable community for UC ANR members and stakeholders.

For more information, please visit UC ANR's Discrimination and Sexual Violence Prevention website at


Glenda Humiston
Vice President


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Posted on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 9:12 AM

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