From: Office of The Chancellor [email@example.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 8:31 AM
To: Faculty and Staff
Subject: A message to all faculty and staff
As some of you may be aware, Dave Lawlor, our Vice Chancellor for Finance, Operations and Administration and the Chief Financial Officer at UC Davis, resigned Thursday.
During his 18 months on campus, Dave has served our institution well by working to make sure that this university remains on a sound financial footing. We are grateful for the work he has done putting in place a number of important initiatives and programs in meeting this imperative. Dave has also done a laudable job identifying new revenue sources for UC Davis and in working to ensure that our existing resources are used wisely and efficiently.
I have asked Kelly Ratliff, who has served UC Davis with distinction in a number of finance and budget-related capacities and is currently Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Resource Management, to assume interim leadership of Finance, Operations and Administration. Kelly previously served as the Interim CFO and I am confident that she will continue to move us forward on initiatives and ongoing projects that were overseen by Dave.
During this period of transition for the university, it is important that everyone knows UC Davis is financially sound and remains devoted to sustainable excellence. We are committed to continuing to serve our region in a multitude of ways and have no intention of slowing down in providing access to a high-quality education for thousands of California students. I will be consulting with my leadership team and all appropriate stakeholders to determine our best approach to identifying permanent leadership of this vital division.
At the same time, progress that people have seen over the past several years regarding the university’s dynamic research enterprise and in its collaborations with regional communities and other partners remains at full throttle, ensuring that that UC Davis continues to be the vital and outstanding public research university this region and the state of California have come to depend on and value.
Ralph J. Hexter
Acting Chancellor, UC Davis
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and, my response to Ralph:
Dear Acting Chancellor Ralph,
I am happy to see Kelly in this new position.. She is very sharp and truly been an exceptional leader over the years.
Frankly, I did not think much of Dave….
I only went to a few meetings with him and though he is a nice enough guy, I truly didn’t think he understood what he was doing and why.
I am not sure why he “resigned’… but I am much happier with Kelly in the lead financial role.
PS. If only you would get someone better than Ken Burtis as the interim provost, many faculty, chairs, the AS, and many other managers and I would be even happier. Mau would truly be better, though we desperatley need her in the AVP role…..
I know that no one asked me, but I came here as a UCD student in 1970…and seen a lot and one a lot.
Chancellor Katehi was the first leader of international ranking and true staus as Chancellor.
I knew ALL the others since 1970…..
She was the ONLY one to ever stand up to the likes of Napolitano….and unfortunately, Lawlor was out of his league and I don’t know if Karl can be trusted either.
I don’t trust the current Police Chief Matt Carmichael either.
WE need the Chancellor back….and she can take care of the rest.
Marina Kalugin (Rumiansev)
Management Services Officer
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
College of Biological Sciences
University of California at Davis
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Davis, CA 95616
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