The current staff advisor to the Regents, Bill Johansen, senior business manager of the Life Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, praised the opportunity as he encouraged eligible employees to apply.
"With the staff advisor positions, the Board of Regents has acknowledged the important role staff and non-Senate academic employees play in the ongoing success of UC," said Johansen. "It has been extremely gratifying to take part in the governance of the university and bring to it a UC staff employee perspective. I would recommend the experience to anyone interested in being involved in the decisions that shape UC."
All employees are encouraged to learn more about the program at the staff advisor Web site (www.universityofcalifornia.edu/staffadvisors) and through local human resources offices. Questions about the staff advisor position or the application process should be directed to Randolph Scott, executive director, strategic planning and workforce development, human resources and benefits at (510) 987-9996. Application forms will be available beginning Jan. 16, and applications will be accepted from Jan. 16 through March 2, 2009.
About the staff advisors to the Regents
A continuing goal of the UC Regents is to foster two-way communication between UC staff and the board. In January 2007, the Regents voted unanimously to establish positions for two staff advisors to participate in their deliberative process and to provide a staff perspective on matters coming before the board. One new staff advisor is selected each year for a two-year term. The staff advisors serve as non-voting advisors to designated Regents' committees, and they attend and participate directly in committee and board meetings throughout their term of service.