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Webster to Leave His Position as VC of Administration

Vice Chancellor of Administration Announces He Will Leave UCR

C. Michael Webster resigns after more than a decade in that position.

(June 3, 2005)

University of California, Riverside’s Vice Chancellor of Administration, C. Michael Webster has announced his resignation after more than a decade on the job. The resignation will be effective on June 29.

“This was a very difficult decision for me because I love UCR and many of my closest friends are here,” said Webster, 59. “But I am looking forward to what the future holds for me and my family.”

His replacement has not been named.

Webster oversaw a staff of 900 from 24 departments, including accounting, athletics, the campus bookstore, the child development center, design and construction, dining services, environmental health and safety, housing services, human resources, physical plant, and transportation and parking services.

“Under Vice Chancellor Webster’s leadership the Office of Administration worked together to provide a cohesive customer-oriented approach for a broad range of services,” said Chancellor France A. Córdova. “He managed an extensive and diverse portfolio with skill and enthusiasm.”

During his 13-year tenure Webster oversaw the planning, design and development of more than $700 million in new buildings and renovations that added 1 million square feet of indoor space on campus. He led the campus sports program in its move to Division I competition and the Big West Conference, and managed the sale of the Moreno Valley field station, the largest land sale in the history of the UC system.

“The thing that I am most proud of are the wonderful people I have worked with,” said Webster. “They provide the behind-the-scenes support that enables the campus to conduct instruction, research and community service. They are tireless in their pursuit to make UCR a preeminent university.”

Webster came to UCR in 1992 as the interim vice chancellor for administration. Nine months later he was chosen to fill the position permanently.

He previously worked at UC Irvine as that campus’ associate vice chancellor for administrative business services. Prior to that he was vice chancellor for business affairs at the Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa and was the dean of administrative services at Orange Coast College. He also held administrative positions at Golden West College and was an assistant high school principal, vice principal and high school teacher.

Webster holds a doctorate in business and personnel administration from USC, a master’s degree in educational administration from California State University, Los Angeles and a bachelor of science in social sciences from Cal Poly Pomona.

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