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Assistant Chancellor Named

New Assistant Chancellor Post Filled

Cynthia Giorgio to Assist Chancellor in Dealings With Campus Community and Public

(March 3, 2004)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( Cindy Giorgio, Assistant Dean in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS) at the University of California, Riverside, has been appointed to the newly developed position of Assistant Chancellor. She begins her new assignment March 8.

The position of Assistant Chancellor has been created by redefining the post currently occupied by Executive Assistant to the Chancellor Robert Gill, who will be retiring later this year after 37 years of service at UC Riverside. A search advisory committee representing UC and UCR constituencies, who reviewed nominations and recommended a list of finalists, conducted the search for the Assistant Chancellor.

In her new capacity, Giorgio will serve as a liaison for Chancellor France A. Cordova with the campus community and the public, will provide support on a broad range of complex subjects, and will assist the Chancellor by developing communications and providing follow-up on executive decisions.

"Cindy's many years of experience at UCR, her participation in leadership training programs both inside and outside the UC, and her strong administrative skills will serve the Chancellor's Office and the campus well," said Chancellor France A. Cordova. "Cindy already has earned the support and trust of the faculty, staff, and administrators who know her, and I look forward to having her assistance and counsel."

Giorgio's 23-year career with UC Riverside has included positions in Human Resources, Cooperative Extension and, since 1988, the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences. As Assistant Dean for Programs and Advancement, Giorgio worked closely with the dean, associate deans, and CNAS faculty to conduct strategic planning and to launch new initiatives in such areas as genomics, invasive species, conservation biology, and most recently, perchlorate. In addition, she oversees the advancement activities for the College, including development, marketing, communications, governmental relations, and special events. Giorgio has also played a key role in several campus-wide initiatives, including proposals featuring agricultural genomics and the law.

Giorgio has participated in the UC Management Institute, Leadership Riverside, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education summer institute and, most recently, the California Agricultural Leadership Program. She is the 1999 recipient of both the UCR Outstanding Staff Award and the UCR Women Who Make a Difference Award.


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