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Budget and Capital Resources VP Patrick Lenz to retire at year-end

Patrick Lenz

Vice President for Budget and Capital Resources Patrick Lenz

Executive Vice President Nathan Brostrom issued the following announcement on Tuesday about the retirement of Patrick Lenz from the University of California on Dec. 31, 2014:


I’m writing to let you know that I recently, and very reluctantly, received Patrick Lenz’s decision to retire from the University of California, effective December 31, 2014.

Patrick has served UC as Vice President of Budget and Capital Resources since February 2008, with responsibility for the University’s operating and capital resources acquisitions, appropriations and long-range budget plans. Patrick’s areas of responsibility have spanned the campus-state operations budget allocations, state and non-state funded capital facility projects, real estate leases, sustainability, and energy contracts. In addition, he has tirelessly advocated before the Governor’s Office and the state Legislature for state General Fund dollars and capital construction funding for the entire University.

The litany of Patrick’s responsibilities and areas of focus does not begin to capture the contributions Patrick has made to the University during some of the toughest years in our history. Over a multi-decade career, Patrick has held senior budget positions in all three segments of California public higher education and knows virtually everyone in the Capitol. He is a mainstay at committee hearings and has successfully navigated us through tricky issues with legislators and executive staff.

Patrick has also pioneered new approaches in capital funding and spearheaded efforts in Sacramento which enabled us to refinance the University’s Lease Revenue Bonds, an effort which cumulatively saved UC almost $100 million over a decade.

Patrick came to UC after six years at the California State University system where he served as assistant vice chancellor for budget.  Prior to his work at CSU, he held various positions with the California Community Colleges where he rose from vice chancellor for fiscal policy to executive vice chancellor. Previously he served in a variety of financial leadership roles for the California State Senate, including as deputy director for the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee.

I and countless others will certainly miss Patrick’s partnership in all aspects of the University’s capital and operating budgets, his political acumen and his policy insights. We will also miss his wicked sense of humor and his friendship.

Patrick will be with us through the end of the calendar year so we will have other opportunities to celebrate (and roast) his accomplishments. Please join me and many others in thanking Patrick for his many years of service to the University and to the State of California.


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