March 22, 2004
Faculty, staff, students bid fond farewell to
By Elizabeth Irwin
Faculty, staff, and students crowded the University Center on March
18 to bid goodbye to Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood as she prepares to
move on to her new position as UC provost and senior vice president.
Hundreds gathered for the event, a chance for members of the campus
community to offer their best wishes to Greenwood and share some lighter
Co-chaired by Provost Martin M. Chemers, Senate Chair Alison Galloway,
and Staff Advisory Board Chair Rachel Huff, the reception drew a cross-section
of the campus community.
Chemers, who will assume responsibilities as acting chancellor on April
1, invited the gathering to visualize the stereotypical Civil War general
astride a horse and shouting charge! That, he joked, is
something like what it feels like to work with Chancellor Greenwood.
More seriously, he praised Greenwoods dynamic leadership and thanked
her for inspiring such an array of outstanding initiatives
over the past eight years.
Chancellor Greenwood received a variety of goodbye gifts, including
flowers. Photo: Elizabeth Irwin
Galloway thanked Greenwood for the remarkable turnaround in the
shared governance system and for leaving us with enough
confidence that we can comfortably accept your departure.
Among the gifts that Galloway presented the chancellor was a copy of
Flex magazine, a publication for body builders, intended to help
impress the governor, in the chancellors new post.
Representing staff, Huff read the Top Ten Reasons UC Santa Cruz
will Miss M.R.C. Greenwood, a compilation of ideas from the members
of the Staff Advisory Board. Among them were Her candor,
amazing energy, her respect for and appreciation of
staff, her accessibility and advocacy for staff, and
her genuine pride in all employees.
Huff also noted the Top Ten Things M.R.C. Greenwood will Miss
About UC Santa Cruz, a list that included Banana Slugs,
comments about parking at staff forums, amazing staff,
and unparalleled faculty.
Emily Moberg Robinson, chair of the Graduate Student Association, praised
Greenwood for being very responsive to our concerns and
noted that her people skills are amazing. She also commented
that a woman in such a powerful position is a positive role
UCSC graduate Teresa Morales, former member of the Chancellors
Undergraduate Internship Program, thanked the chancellor for her inspiration
and mentorship. I admire your fortitude and devotion to educating
students. You are my hero.
Heather Mietz Egli, a member of the SAB and co-chair of the Women at
Work Retreat, presented a gift basket with thanks for the chancellors
support of that program.
The reception culminated with remarks from the chancellor, who thanked
faculty and staff, students, the senior administration, and her immediate
staff for some of the most wonderful memories of my life.
Nearly overcome with the emotion of the moment, Greenwood said, For
eight years, youve given me a gift of your confidence. Together,
weve moved this campus forward, and I have great faith that you
will continue the upward trajectory.
In recognition of the chancellors dedication to science education,
the Academic Senate and Staff Advisory Board have teamed up to start
a fund supporting the Marine Science for Girls program at the Seymour
Marine Discovery Center. For information on how to contribute, contact
Rachel Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org).
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