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Chris Buydos to Head Governmental Relations

Economic Development Director Earns Promotion at UC Riverside

Chris Buydos will be executive director of governmental relations and technology collaboration

(June 13, 2005)

Chris Buydos

Chris Buydos

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- Chris Buydos, director of economic development at the University of California, Riverside, has earned a promotion. Her new title is executive director of governmental and community relations and technology collaboration.

“Chris Buydos will oversee local, state and federal governmental relations, as well as our technological collaborations with high-tech companies,” William Boldt, Vice Chancellor for Advancement at UCR, said yesterday. “She will help us coordinate our efforts in these critical areas.”

Buydos will report to two bosses, Boldt and to Vice Chancellor for Research Charles Louis. She will earn $103,750 annually.

“Economic development is all about relationship development and cultivation, so I already have a strong relationship with local government,” Buydos said. “I want to extend that relationship to the state and federal government and to the community. I feel honored to represent UCR at this time of growth and opportunity. And I am grateful to be working with Sue McKee, who has been doing such a fantastic job with state relations.”

Assistant Vice Chancellor Robert Nava, who has been working in governmental relations, will now concentrate his efforts on soliciting gifts from major donors across the nation for scholarships, faculty chairs, fellowships and capital needs.

Up to now, Buydos has been connecting UCR to the business community in practical ways, as part of UCR’s technology transfer effort. She was instrumental in opening the UCR Technology Transfer Center, a facility located within the 39-acre UCR Research Park, which houses the Small Business Development Center, part of the IEEP (Inland Empire Economic Partnership).

Buydos lives in San Jacinto with her husband, Jerry, and son, Dakota. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a bachelor’s degree in community and regional planning and is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planning. She is also the Mayor of San Jacinto.

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