July 23, 2009
ALL ACADEMICS AND STAFF AT UCSD
Earlier this month, I had updated you about the decision by Vice Chancellor – External Relations Debra Neuman to return to the East Coast where her family will assist with the ongoing recovery of her husband, Paul. Since that time, I have consulted with campus and community leaders, including the Senior Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellors, Academic Deans, the Academic Senate leadership, and key friends of the University.
After much deliberation of the economic and recruiting challenges we face and from the input gained from my discussions, I have decided to inform UC President Yudof that UC San Diego is eliminating the position of Vice Chancellor – External Relations. The functions that reported to that office will be absorbed by my current management team, which will allow us to gain cost savings to help address some of the budget reductions facing the campus.
Vice Chancellor – Business Affairs Steve Relyea will assume leadership of a division that combines most of the units within External Relations and maintains several core units within Business Affairs. The new unit – External and Business Affairs – will include University and Health Sciences Development, Information Technology and Financial Systems, the UCSD Foundation, and Alumni Affairs. External and Business Affairs also will include units from Business Affairs: Human Resources, Business and Financial Services, Housing, Dining, and Administrative Computing and Telecommunications. As you may recall, Steve provided leadership of External Relations while the campus conducted a search for a Vice Chancellor – External Relations. His familiarity with our campus strengths and fundraising priorities provides the foundation for leadership of Development and our ongoing stewardship of alumni, donors and the UCSD Foundation. Steve’s business experience positions the External and Business Affairs unit to identify areas for synergy that can lead to greater efficiency and reduced costs.
Vice Chancellor – Resource Management & Planning (RM&P) Gary Matthews will provide leadership for an expanded RM&P unit. In addition to the existing units within RM&P, he will oversee Community Safety (Campus Police), Auxiliary and Plant Services, and Environmental Health and Safety. Gary also will assume the responsibilities for the University’s sustainability initiatives that previously had reported to Vice Chancellor Relyea. Gary began his career at UC San Diego providing oversight for Auxiliary and Plant Services. His expertise, garnered during more than 25 years in higher education management at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, equips Gary with the leadership and expertise necessary to advance our sustainability efforts, including strategic energy initiatives, and oversee all aspects of our building and facilities resources.
Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff Clare M. Kristofco will assume responsibility for University Communications and Public Affairs (UCPA). Clare currently oversees the Chancellor’s immediate office and the Chancellor’s unit, including the three Campus Community Centers, the Ombuds Office, and the Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy. As a member of my senior leadership, Clare advises me, the Senior Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellors in development of our communication strategies. Her experiences in journalism, including media research and promotions, combined with the administrative leadership skills she has acquired at three major public research universities, provide Clare with the necessary expertise and tools to oversee UCPA.
Over the next year we will continue to explore ways of reducing costs and enhancing the revenue that comes to the campus in order to support our core teaching and research missions. I appreciate your patience and support during this time of transition.