During the past two years, Chancellor Gillman and I have made organizational changes to optimize the support that administrative units bring to our academic programs.
Technology Transfer to Applied Innovation. The Technology Transfer Group supports the patent and license processes for inventions developed at UCI. Within Applied Innovation, these processes are integrated with industry-sponsored research, incubation of startup companies, and other ways UCI is contributing to the regional and national economy.
Community & Government Relations/Special Events & Protocol to Strategic Communications. Our relationships with all levels of government and our regional community partners rely on influential, comprehensive communications. Our Strategic Communications unit has expertly developed our brand management and marketing, while providing support for internal and executive communications. The combined and newly named team of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs is focused on driving the university’s priorities with a more unified, powerful voice for a broad spectrum of constituents.
Academic Initiatives to Academic Planning. Academic Initiatives was initially established as a unit reporting directly to the provost. The program is now embedded within the Office of Academic Planning, overseen by Vice Provost Judith Stepan-Norris. This aligns new programs with other academic planning functions, while also leveraging staff resources.
Human Resources to Office of the Chancellor. A centralized platform has integrated human resources oversight across the general campus and Health Affairs. Under the leadership of Associate Chancellor Ramona Agrela, we are able to optimize common strategic goals, enterprise-wide planning, and best practices that are consistent and efficient. In addition, the new structure allows Human Resources to drive specific projects that further goals established in Pillar 4 of the strategic plan.
Several other organizational improvements are currently underway. We are moving Study Abroad to the Office of Global Engagement to bring under one roof the partnerships we have with academic institutions outside the United States. The Alumni Association is moving to University Advancement to better coordinate our outreach efforts as we prepare for the next capital campaign. And we are relocating Accounting & Fiscal Services to Planning & Budget to integrate fiscal management with the budget planning process.
I want to thank everyone who provided recommendations for organizational improvements. As our campus grows and evolves, we will continually assess how changing academic needs, technological resources and business practices provide opportunities to better structure our institution.
Enrique J. Lavernia, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering