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Jack Azzaretto Heads for Florida

UCR Extension Leader to Head for Florida

Jack Azzaretto leaves UC Riverside after 13 years

(September 18, 2006)

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Jack Azzaretto

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — John F. “Jack” Azzaretto, UC Riverside dean of University Extension and vice chancellor for public service and international programs, has accepted a position as dean of the University of West Florida, Emerald Coast.

His final day at UCR will be Oct. 31. The next day he will start in Florida, in a position responsible for a wide variety of campus administration, including operations, improving curricula and student and faculty recruitment.

“Jack is a superbly effective and highly respected manager whose 13 years as an administrator at UCR, intimate knowledge of the campus, business acumen and community contacts, have propelled UCR forward,” UCR Chancellor France A. Córdova said. “We will miss him, and wish him much happiness in his new venture.”

While at UCR, Azzaretto also served as interim vice chancellor for administration in 2005 and interim vice chancellor for enrollment and student services in 1996 and 1997. In 2004, he was named as a finalist for the Business Press Leaders of Distinction’s Inland Empire Public Sector Leadership Award.

“I leave UCR with a tinge of sadness in my heart,” Azzaretto said. “UCR has been a wonderful place to work and I have worked with some of the best, brightest and friendliest people that I have ever known. I will miss them as I move on to the new and exciting challenges awaiting me on the Gulf Coast.”

As vice chancellor and dean, Azzaretto advanced campus initiatives internationally as well as in the community. He currently serves as secretary for the Technical Advisory Committee for the March Air Base Joint Powers Authority and is an active member of the Mayor's Business/Higher Education Council, the City of Riverside Economic Alliance, the Riverside County Workforce Development Board, the Riverside County Education Board of Directors, and the Metropolitan Riverside International Council Executive Board. Azzaretto also serves on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Continuing Higher Education and teaches Administrative Ethics in the Department of Political Science at UCR. He is a past president of the Mission Inn Foundation Board.

Before coming to UCR, Azzaretto held public service positions at the University of Maryland, University of Georgia, and, most recently, at the University of Connecticut. He received his master's degree and doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

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