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Chancellor White Named Outstanding Leader


Chancellor White Gets Inaugural Outstanding Leader Award

White is the first to get the award, given by a UC-systemwide staff organization.

(May 27, 2011)

From left to right, Ravinder Singh, CUCSA chair-elect; Steve Lerer, UCR Staff Assembly vice president/president elect; Chancellor Timothy P. White; and Scott Silverman, Staff Assembly president.Enlarge

From left to right, Ravinder Singh, CUCSA chair-elect; Steve Lerer, UCR Staff Assembly vice president/president elect; Chancellor Timothy P. White; and Scott Silverman, Staff Assembly president.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- It was to a standing ovation that Chancellor Timothy P. White accepted an award that recognized him for being a strong supporter and advocate for staff during a recent meeting of UC Riverside’s Staff Assembly.

White is the recipient of the inaugural Outstanding Senior Leader Award, which is presented by the Council of the University of California Staff Assemblies (CUCSA). The award is designed to recognize senior level leaders – about 290 top-level administrators in the UC system – who are supportive and inclusive of UC staff and who encourage equity, diversity and community.

Ravinder Singh, CUCSA chair-elect, came to UC Riverside from Oakland where he works as a research analyst for the Office of the President, to present the surprise award to White.

Singh said CUCSA received several nominations from several UC locations but, after discussion and a vote of the 2010-11 CUCSA delegation whose members come from every UC location, White emerged as the strongest candidate for many reasons including his efforts to involve staff in campuswide committees and recruitment efforts, a willingness to seek staff input on important issues and his communications efforts.

“When we told President Yudof about our choice he said ‘You could not have picked a finer advocate,’ “ said Singh.

Chancellor White appeared both moved and humbled by the award.

“Wow,” he said. “I am very honored but this award is not about Tim, it is about us, about this campus. And to be the first to be recognized really adds an exclamation point to our people, place, purpose and accomplishments.”

White was nominated for the award by UC Riverside Staff Assembly (SA) leadership.

“I think that we all feel that we trust him implicitly and that we are proud to have him as our leader,” said Silverman, who wrote in his nomination statement: “Chancellor White is widely popular and renowned amongst students, staff and faculty and is expected to propel UC Riverside to great heights.”

Singh said the award will not necessarily be given annually, but instead, only when a senior administrator, like White, demonstrates leadership that is inclusive and supportive of staff.

During the event, UC Riverside’s Staff Assembly also honored Jessica Darin, executive assistant to the chancellor; Peter Hayashida, vice chancellor for university advancement; and James Sandoval, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Silverman said Darin was presented with the award for her consistent efforts to improve the efficiencies and effectiveness of SA operations, and for her assistance in coordinating the chancellor’s participation in SA activities. Hayashida supported SA by helping to ramp up the group’s community fund raising efforts, developing a Foundation account and a payroll deduction option, and for working to build an endowment for the staff scholarship. Sandoval encouraged staff within his division to serve on the SA board and committees, and invited SA to present to the VCSA directors meeting about what Staff Assembly does and what its role is on campus.

“Each of these three have shown great support for staff assembly and as a direct result, for our staff,” said Silverman. “As advocates, they helped us become stronger as an organization and as a member of the campus community.”

Quick Facts:
• CUCSA consists of an executive board that includes two representatives from each of the ten campuses as well as two representatives from the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the UC Office of the President. CUCSA has had significant involvement in presenting staff perspective on recommendations regarding management initiatives and has addressed the Regents on such diverse topics as budget issues, student fee policies, capital programs, and domestic partner benefits.

• UC Riverside’s Staff Assembly works to increase and improve communications among staff, faculty, and students. The group promotes the interests of staff employees, holds fund raising events that support scholarship and other staff-oriented programs, and organizes events designed to bring staff together in social settings.

• All University of California senior leadership, which consists of about 290 high level administration, including chancellors, vice chancellors and deans, were eligible to be nominated for the CUCSA Outstanding Leader Award.
Steve Lerer, UCR Staff Assembly vice president/president elect; James Sandoval,vice chancellor for student affairs; Jessica Darin, executive assistant to the chancellor; Peter Hayashida, vice chancellor for university advancement; and Scott Silverman, Staff Assembly president.Enlarge

Steve Lerer, UCR Staff Assembly vice president/president elect; James Sandoval,vice chancellor for student affairs; Jessica Darin, executive assistant to the chancellor; Peter Hayashida, vice chancellor for university advancement; and Scott Silverman, Staff Assembly president.

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