Staff-Advisor Designate to Regents Appointed

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Correction Appended

At a time when UC staff are facing pay cuts and furloughs, UC President Mark Yudof announced the appointment of the newest staff advisor-designate to the UC Board of Regents Tuesday.

Juliann Martinez, director of gift management at UC Berkeley, was selected after a nine-month application process, according to a statement from the UC Office of the President.

The two-year position represents all staff and non-senate academic employees as a non-voting advisor on the the regents' educational policy, finance, and long-range planning committees.

Martinez will join current advisor Ed Abeyta at next week's regents' meeting where the regents are expected to vote on unpaid furloughs and an 8 percent pay cut for the university's more than 170,000 employees.

In the midst of the state fiscal emergency, Yudof has proposed the additional measures in order to help alleviate a cumulative $813 million reduction in state funding for fiscal years 2008-09 and 2009-10 to the university.

In the press release, Martinez said she looks forward to joining in efforts to solve budget challenges while upholding staff interests.

"The challenges currently facing the University of California require innovative responses," she said. "I look forward to sharing the creative ideas, needs and energy of staff with senior leadership and the regents."

Martinez, who is on vacation until next week, could not be reached for further comment.

According to UC spokesperson Paul Schwartz, the staff representative to the Board of Regents bridges a critical divide between university administrators and employees.

"They provide another channel for staff concerns and views to be shared with the administration," he said.

Eileen Bell, chair of the Berkeley Staff Assembly, said clear communication is necessary.

"We're all concerned about maintaining the quality of the UC system (but) things are happening so quickly that it isn't always easy to communicate," she said.

Martinez graduated from UC Berkeley in 1987 and joined campus staff the following year as the director of development research. She took on her current position in the office of gift management in 2000.

In addition to her administrative experience, Martinez has also consulted with local non-profits and is currently an instructor in the campus's financial management certificate program for staff, according to a UCOP statement.

Yudof said Martinez's experience makes her adequately prepared to represent her colleagues.

"With her diverse background, I think Juliann brings to the role an informed understanding of the needs and concerns facing staff and the ability to help the university address them," Yudof said in a UCOP statement.


Correction: Tuesday, February 9, 2010
A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the university had a $813 million deficit. In fact, the university faced a cumulative $813 million reduction in state funding for fiscal years 2008-09 and 2009-10.

The Daily Californian regrets the error.

Contact Zach E.J. Williams at [email protected]

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