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Apply by March 4 to be the next staff advisor to UC Regents

The application period for the next staff advisor to the UC Regents is now open, and eligible employees at all locations are encouraged to apply through March 4, 2016.

Staff advisors are staff or non-Senate academic employees who bring the voice and perspective of these employees to UC Board of Regents deliberations and to decision-makers at the Office of the President. Staff advisors participate in open sessions and designated committees of the board.

Each of the two staff advisors serves two years. The terms are staggered, with one new staff advisor selected each year. The term for the staff advisor position that is open for applications runs from July 2016 to June 2018.

You are eligible to serve in this role if you:

  • Are a staff or non-Senate academic employee. The seat is open to both non-represented and represented employees.
  • Have at least five years of UC service

The current staff advisors are Deidre “De” Acker, director of campus climate at UC Merced, whose term expires in June, and LaWana Richmond, a business analyst at UC San Diego whose term expires in 2017.

“The role of the Staff Advisor to the Regents was a huge learning experience, even after 27 years in the UC system,” Acker said. “We say that we advisors ‘plant seeds’ so I am looking forward to seeing how those seeds will be cultivated by the staff advisors in the future.”

You can learn more about the program and how to apply by the March 4 deadline on the staff advisor website.

Questions about the staff advisor position or the application process should be directed to Juliann Martinez, UC Office of the President Employee Relations, at 510-287-3331 or via email:

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. The staff advisors serve as non-voting advisors to designated Regents’ committees; they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service, and visit many of the campuses to solicit input from staff. Staff interested in public policy, advocacy and the future direction of the university are encouraged to apply.

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