- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
I am pleased to announce that after a nationwide search we have selected Christopher Greer, Ph.D., to serve as the vice provost of UC Cooperative Extension effective July 1. Chris is currently UC Cooperative Extension director in Colusa, Sutter, Yuba and Glenn counties.
Since 2002, he has served as UCCE area rice advisor, first in Colusa, Glenn and Yolo counties, and most recently in Sutter, Yuba, Sacramento and Placer counties. His educational background includes a Ph.D. in plant pathology from UC Davis and B.S. in bioenvironmental sciences from Texas A&M University.
As those of you who viewed the presentations know, he was chosen from an excellent pool of experienced and highly qualified candidates. Chris, who combines broad programmatic knowledge with his great managerial and communication skills, stood out as the best choice for this position. He has broad experience within ANR, serving as president of the Academic Assembly Council, as well as a member of the ANR Peer Review Committee, UC FSNEP/CalFresh Advisory Committee and the County Director Council, among many other roles. His breadth of programmatic and administrative knowledge provide him with the tools needed for this important job.
In his new role as vice provost, Chris will be responsible for guiding all county based academic programs. He will coordinate programs and priorities with those of the Agricultural Experiment Station counterpart units and ensure ANR programs align with UC ANR's strategic vision and are relevant to the people of California. As a senior leader he will serve as the statewide administrative leader for county-based Cooperative Extension programs. The directors of county-based UCCE programs will report to this position, as will the executive director of the ANR Academic Personnel Unit. As vice provost, Chris will serve on the ANR Program Council and report directly to the associate vice president.
He will be based at the ANR Building in Davis, but will be traveling frequently to meet with colleagues throughout the state. I welcome Chris to ANR's leadership team.
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