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Applications for staff advisor close Friday, March 2

The application period for the next staff advisor-designate to the UC Board of Regents closes Friday, March 2, 2012. Applications are still being accepted for one position to serve the two-year term from July 2012 through June 2014.

The staff advisor program, now in its sixth 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.

Current staff advisors to the regents are Penelope “Penny” Herbert, manager in the Department of Clinical Operations, UC Davis Health System, whose two-year term will expire in June; and, Kevin Smith, chief financial and compliance officer for the UCLA Chancellor’s organization, who joined the board in July 2011.

“During these times of transformational change, it is imperative to have a liaison between staff and UC leadership so staff concerns and views regarding workplace issues and policy decisions are fully considered,” Herbert said. “It is an honor to serve in this role.”

All employees are encouraged to learn more about the program at the staff advisor website and through the UCOP Local Human Resources office.

Questions about the staff advisor position or the application process may be directed to Jeannene Whalen, UCOP Employee Relations, at (510) 987-0853 or at

More 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 to serve as a non-voting advisor to designated regents’ committees. They attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service.

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