President's Advisory Commission
The President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources (PAC) brings together senior leaders from the University of California and the agricultural, natural resources and related human resources sectors twice a year. Participants share new information and ideas, surface emerging issues facing agriculture, the environment, the food system and human nutrition in California, and gain exposure to the breadth and range of UC research and Cooperative Extension programs. The end objectives are to increase awareness of priority areas and issues where the University can make a difference through research, instruction and public service, and to strengthen private-sector support and appreciation for the University.
John De Luca
Ismael (Ish) Herrera
Stuart Van Horn
Cher Watte Angulo
Commissioners are appointed by the President of the University of California. Commissioners receive no compensation, but are reimbursed for reasonable travel costs associated with meetings.
UC President Richard C. Atkinson established the President’s Advisory Commission on Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1998 to strengthen communication with California’s agricultural interests, reinvigorate the University’s land grant mission, and build greater understanding and support for UC research, Cooperative Extension and teaching programs. The first PAC meeting was held in Oakland in September 1998.
The President’s Advisory Commission has been successful in strengthening support for research, public service and teaching programs at UC, communicating the University’s role in creating and disseminating new technologies and scientific advances that make a difference for Californians and the nation, and expanding the network of influential advocates working on behalf of UC in Washington D.C. and Sacramento.