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Application period opens for next staff advisor to the Regents

Application period for next staff advisor to the Regents begins Jan. 18.  The deadline to apply for the position is March 4. The position’s term runs July 2011 through June 2013.

The staff advisor program, now in its fifth year, allows for two staff and/or non-Senate academic employees to participate in open sessions of designated committees of the board. The staff advisors bring the voice and perspective of staff and non-Senate academic employees to board deliberations.

The current staff advisors to the Regents are Juliann Martinez, Director of Gift Management at UC Berkeley, whose two-year term will expire in June, and Penelope “Penny” Herbert, Manager in the Department of Clinical Operations, UC Davis Health System, who joined the Board in July 2010.

“Given the breadth of challenges facing the University, it’s more important than ever to have the perspective of UC staff on the Board,” Martinez said. “As a staff advisor, you can have a real impact in guiding UC forward during this critical time.”

All employees are encouraged to learn more about the program at the staff advisor web site ( and through local human resources offices. Questions about the staff advisor position or the application process should be directed to Jeannene Whalen, UCOP Employee Relations, at 510-987-0853 or via email: Application forms will be available beginning Jan. 18, and applications will be accepted from Jan. 18 through March 4, 2011.

About the staff advisors to the Regents

A continuing goal of the UC Regents is to foster two-way communication between UC staff and the board. In January 2007, the Regents voted unanimously to establish positions for two staff advisors to participate in their deliberative process and to provide a staff perspective on matters coming before the board.

One new staff advisor is selected each year for a two-year term. The staff advisors serve as non-voting advisors to designated Regents’ committees, and they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service.

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