- Author: Wendy Powers
My UC ANR Adventure is winding down, and while difficult to leave UC ANR, I am looking forward to new challenges, new places, and new partners. The scenery will be different, the mission the same. UC ANR should be looking forward to new things, too, including new people. There are so many good things to come, perhaps not always easily, but with commitment and intention so much can be achieved.
When I arrived, I heard often about the need to increase the academic footprint – it's happening at an unprecedented level and at a pace that is keeping everyone a bit overwhelmed.
Cost of living has seen incredible increases recently, and UC ANR received its largest COLA adjustment from the state since I joined in 2016.
A long-time deficiency in meeting the needs of all peoples in California continues to receive attention, now 2 years past the horrific murder of George Floyd. Perhaps this time there is long lasting commitment as many of the new academic positions are focused on underserved and unserved audiences.
We have diversified funding sources, improving the UC ANR resiliency to poor state budget years that are ahead at some point in the future. This has come from partnering with new agencies, writing more grants, and conveying a message at resonates with donors.
UC ANR has delivered new and established programs in novel ways, pre- and post-pandemic. With greater online instruction and design capacity, the growth will continue. The new academic footprint and expanding team of community educators brings new ideas and new talents. And new operations support will ensure timely delivery of business services. What's not to be excited about?
Thank you, each of you, for allowing me the opportunity to serve as the Associate Vice President of UC ANR. It has truly been a privilege and honor to be a part of this amazing organization. I hope our paths cross often!