January 31, 2000
Third annual Leadership Convocation will address growth issues
By Barbara McKenna
For the past two years, some 200 campus managers and administrators have gathered
for the annual Leadership Convocation. The purpose of the convocation is to address
issues and policies of campuswide concern and to foster a common vision for UCSC.
Presentations and discussions have focused on such subjects as use of resources,
growth management, and goal development.
This year, the group is poised to gather again when, on March 6, the third annual
Leadership Convocation takes place. This year, according to convocation chair Catherine
Faris, the gathering will address issues and goals identified in the previous two
years. "The first two convocations were really focused on the fact that the
campus is growing and changing and preparing for growth," says Faris, assistant
vice chancellor for Business and Administrative Services. "I think it's fair
to say that this year the campus no longer has the luxury to prepare for growth--it's
As enrollments increase at UCSC (responding to the systemwide mandate for each campus
to serve more students), the infrastructure must expand to accommodate the growing
student body. Everything from staff and equipment increases to new construction must
Faris says that the Leadership Convocation Administrative Council is committed this
year to focusing on the cohort of managers who are responsible for supporting the
expansion. "We will be identifying what managers need and how can they be supported
in order to make the campus vision a reality," she says.
"We haven't had this experience before and so we have to create a blueprint.
There is no recognized formula in use at UC to tell us, for example, at what point
you add a new police officer to the department, or when changing the way we provide
services is more effective than adding staff."
The convocation's administrative council is chaired by Campus Provost and Executive
Vice Chancellor John Simpson and includes Francisco Hernandez, vice chancellor of
Student Affairs; Tom Vani, vice chancellor of Business and Administrative Services;
Ron Suduiko, vice chancellor of University Relations; Julia Armstrong-Zwart, assistant
academic vice chancellor of Faculty Relations and assistant chancellor of Human Resources;
Assistant Chancellor Leslie Sunell; Meredith Michaels, associate vice chancellor
of Planning and Budget; and Assistant Provost Beau Willis.
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