Breakfast with the Chancellor- August 2018

Staff joined Chancellor Gary May and his wife, LeShelle, for breakfast at the Chancellor’s residence on August 10. Also in attendance were Ralph Hexter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; Brenda Rebman, Chief Human Resources Officer; and members of the Staff Assembly Executive Committee, Brian Wadell, Chair; Kate Shasky, Past-Chair; Paul Cody, Chair-Elect; Donna Connolly, Finance Chair; Amy Burns, Secretary; Molly Bechtel, Membership Chair; Jennifer Jackson, Events Co-Chair, and Asheley Greenlee, Staff Assembly Coordinator. They were joined by Eugenia Luu, Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering; Steven Lanterman, FOA-Business Partners; Megan Glide Villasenor, Assistant Director, Shared Services Organization; Steve Pigg, Executive Director, Information Technology, College of Engineering; and Kasey Webster, Director, Development, Philanthropy Programs Academic Technology Services


After Chancellor May welcomed the guests, attendees chatted among their tablemates with their coffee, and introductions around the table followed. Then, the serious discussion began, and included the following topics:

  • The topic for this breakfast was training and professional development. Attendees shared their experiences attending professional development opportunities, such as taking advantage of the career counselor on campus, as well as training tools they have found helpful, such as Lynda. Other related discussions around supervisory effectiveness took place.
  • Staff wanted to know what Chancellor May thought of his first year at UC Davis and asked what his top three goals for the upcoming year were. The main three goals were to focus on the student experience- especially regarding mental health, food security, and housing- diversity across campus, and visibility of UC Davis- both nationally and internationally.
  • Chancellor May presented his most recent update on Aggie Square. You can read more about it here.
  • Provost Hexter introduced a new initiative which enables undergraduate students to take a quarter abroad, just across the causeway at the Health Center. These programs would be designed by faculty to be problem solving-focused and give students an opportunity to gain experience while staying local.
  • Staff wanted to know how we can increase Aggie Pride across campus, both among staff and students! Chancellor May introduced a restructuring of Welcome Week to combine the annual Resource Fair, Convocation, and changes to Orientation.
  • Discussion around Chancellor May's "Chancell-ing" column in the Davis Enterprise ensued and Chancellor May expressed interest in continuing to answer staff inquiries in Staff Voice- so be sure to have your questions ready and keep your eyes peeled for the newsletter in your inbox!


If you’re interested in participating in a Breakfast with the Chancellor, visit this page on the Staff Assembly website for more information and an application.