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UCOP names Donna Jones as Budget Director

Associate Vice President of Business Operations Michael Reese introduced new Budget Director Donna Jones in an email to UCOP staff on Oct. 11. Read his introduction here:


It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Donna Jones as the new Director of the Office of the President Budget Office, effective November 1.

Donna, a University of California graduate, brings more than 30 years of UC experience to her new position.  She started as a student employee at UC Santa Barbara; worked for more than 15 years in Agriculture and Natural Resources, including as Budget Director; and most recently served as Interim Director of the OP Budget Office.

In her 10 months in the latter position, Donna has demonstrated uncommon understanding of the University’s complicated funding structure, which she has helped to demystify both in implementing the new funding streams model and in participating in the planning and design of a new budget management tool that will be unveiled in the weeks ahead.  Her deep knowledge base is matched in equal measures by common sense and good humor – both critically-needed assets in these difficult budget times.  As a result, she has earned both deep trust and affection from all corners of the Office of the President community.

Donna’s challenges as the new Budget Director are considerable.  With implementation of the new budget management tool, she will be working with the OP Budget Office staff to play a more strategic role in its work with departments, and to provide a consistent and improved level of customer service and communication to the OP community.

Please join me in congratulating Donna in her new position.

Michael Reese
Associate VP-Business Operations

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