“After much deliberation, I have decided to step down as UC ANR vice provost of Cooperative Extension to return to the field,” said Greer, who was UC Cooperative Extension director for Colusa, Sutter, Yuba and Glenn counties prior to assuming his current position. “I will be transitioning to the role of area integrated pest management Cooperative Extension advisor, with responsibilities in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura, effective Jan. 1, 2017.”
Greer said that he will work closely with Associate Vice President Wendy Powers and the Academic Human Resources unit to recruit and appoint the next vice provost of Cooperative Extension, which oversees all county-based academic programs statewide.
“The recruitment will open soon, and we need your help in identifying and encouraging outstanding candidates to apply for the position,” he said. “We hope to have an overlap between myself and the new vice provost of Cooperative Extension to facilitate a smooth transition.”
“I will continue to perform the critical functions of the position during the transition to the new vice provost of Cooperative Extension. Recruitment and hiring of new academics are priorities for UC ANR, and these processes will continue in our effort to rebuild the academic footprint. I will also continue to serve on the UC ANR Peer Review Committee for the next two years to ensure continuity and integrity of the academic merit and promotion process.
“UC ANR is heading in an exciting direction under the leadership of Vice President Glenda Humiston, Associate Vice President Wendy Powers and Associate Vice President Tu Tran. I look forward to continuing to work with them and all of you during the transition and the coming years in my new role. I have enjoyed serving as the first UC ANR vice provost of Cooperative Extension over the past two years and thank you all for your support and your continued contributions to UC ANR.”
Greer, who joined ANR in 2002, has also served as UCCE area rice advisor in Colusa, Glenn, Yolo, Sutter, Yuba, Sacramento and Placer counties.