Initially introduced in January 2005 under a Presidential pilot program, the positions of Staff Advisor were made permanent by the Board of Regents on January 18, 2007. The Staff Advisors are selected from all staff and non-Senate academic employees, and are appointed by the President in consultation with the Chairman of the Board. Serving as non-voting advisors to designated Regents' committees, the Staff Advisors have direct input into the Board's deliberations and decisions.
Each year's newly appointed Staff Advisor is called the Staff Advisor Designate. The Staff Advisor and Staff Advisor Designate participate on assigned committees to allow cross-coverage and mentorship by the more experienced Staff Advisor.
The Staff Advisor and Staff Advisor Designate serve as non-voting advisors to seven Regents' Committees: Educational Policy, Finance, Long Range Planning, Health Services, Grounds & Buildings, Compliance & Audit and Investments. The Staff Advisors will participate in all meetings of the seven Regental committees (with the exception of Closed or Regents Only sessions) and will be invited to stay and observe all open sessions of The Regents' meetings and certain other Regents' events.
To ensure continuity of experience, the staff advisors serve two-year staggered terms.
Applications for the Staff Advisor Designate position will be available on this web site and at local central HR offices beginning in January of each year. The application period will then run for at least 30 days.
Questions about the program should be directed to the Staff Advisor or Staff Advisor Designate. The key contact for the Staff Advisors at the Office of the President is Joseph Epperson, Director of Employee Relations, Human Resources.
What are the essential skill sets the Staff Advisor should possess?
George Blumenthal, Chancellor at UC Santa Cruz, details some of the key skills from his perspective.
What roles do the Staff Advisors serve?
Harry Powell, Faculty Representative to the Regents, provides his perspective from a faculty perspective.