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Calvin Turner named UCPath executive director

The following message is from Mark Cianca, interim vice president and chief information officer, associate vice president, Operational Services:

Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce that Calvin Turner will be joining the Office of the President as UCPath executive director effective March 1, 2021.

Calvin Turner, incoming executive director, UCPath

Calvin’s appointment follows an extensive national search led by Heidrick & Struggles in collaboration with a systemwide search committee chaired by Stephen Whelan, executive human resources director, UC Irvine People Services and UCPath Steering Committee cochair.

Calvin comes to the University of California from his role as director of the National Finance Center (NFC), the premier federal shared services provider of payroll, human resources, insurance and administrative support services to the federal civilian workforce. NFC provides payroll, human resources, financial, and administrative services to more than 650,000 employees, and insurance services to the entire federal civilian workforce. As NFC director, Calvin successfully ensured continuity of business operations in light of natural disasters and unprecedented government shutdowns, while simultaneously growing NFC’s customer base, implementing operational improvements and launching organizational transformation initiatives to improve transparency and customer service.

Prior to joining NFC, Calvin had more than 20 years of banking leadership experience at Hancock Whitney Bank, Hibernia National Bank (now CapitalOne) and the Federal Reserve Bank, and he was also previously an associate instructor with the University of Phoenix at the New Orleans campus. Calvin has a master’s degree in public administration and an undergraduate degree in business management and communications.

As UCPath executive director, Calvin will provide strategic leadership and oversight of UCPath operations and partner with UC locations to stabilize and optimize UCPath operations.

Please join me in welcoming Calvin as the UCPath executive director.

I want to thank Peggy Huston for serving as the interim executive director while we ran the search, and as well, Deputy E.D. Michele Maule, who is leading the team until Calvin’s arrival.

Special thanks to the search committee for their service in support of this recruitment:

  • Stephen Whelan, Chair, Executive HR Director, People Services, UC Irvine
  • Peggy Arrivas, Associate Vice President and Systemwide Controller, UCOP
  • Lachelle Buford, UCPath Human Resources Business Partner, UCOP
  • Cindy Doherty, Director of Academic Personnel, UC Santa Barbara
  • Matt Okamoto, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Controller, UC Davis
  • Eugene Whitlock, J.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, and Chief Human Resources Officer, UC Berkeley

Best regards,


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