Breakfast with the Chancellor- November 8, 2018
Staff joined Chancellor Gary May and his wife, LeShelle May, for breakfast at the Chancellor’s residence on November 8, 2018. Also in attendance were Ralph Hexter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor; Ken Burtis, Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost; Kelly Ratliff, Vice Chancellor of Finance, Operations & Administration, Karl Engelbach, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chancellor & Provost, and members of the Staff Assembly Executive Committee, Paul Cody, Chair-Elect; Molly Bechtel, Membership Chair; and Asheley Greenlee, Staff Assembly Coordinator. They were joined by Diane Carr, Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Coordinator, UC Davis Extension; Marlene Denham, Human Resources Manager, Office of Research; Katica Got, Assistant Head Circulation and Billing Supervisor, Shields Library; Lisa Harry, Human Resources Analyst, School of Law; Noah Killeen, Business Technical Support Analyst II, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Lisa Marquez, Event Specialist, Ceremonies and Special Events; Tera Pitman, Lab Manager, Plant Pathology; and Melissa Whaley, Student Affairs Officer, Environmental Science & Policy.

After Chancellor May welcomed the guests, introductions were underway and attendees shared their Thanksgiving plans. Then, the serious discussion began, and included the following topics:

  • The Chancellor wanted to discuss campus security with staff, given the recent crime reports issued by UCDPD. The overall consensus was that staff felt safe walking to and from work. Chancellor May discussed the UCDPD initiatives to install new warning systems, blue lights, and include the campus community in quarterly lighting walks.
  • Staff brought up cyber security and the latest shift to DUO authentication, which will be required for all staff by February 13, 2019.
  • Discussion regarding campus space availability took place, and Ken Burtis was able to share news about the Teaching & Learning Complex to be located by the Silo, estimated to be completed by 2022.
    • The Office of the Registrar is implementing new software to efficiently schedule classroom space, which will enable optimal distribution of classes based on class sizes; however, it is a process that, like any other, takes finesse. Additionally, updates to the online course catalog are coming!
    • At the November UC Regents meeting, space availability was discussed and the UC system is asking the state for additional funding to cover the costs of deferred maintenance across all of the UC campuses. 
    • Ken Burtis and Provost Hexter went into detail regarding the need for testing centers centrally located to the main UCD campus for students with disabilities that need accommodation, among the different options they were looking into.
  • Noah Killeen, from the College of Engineering IT unit, proposed the need for year-round e-waste and furniture drop-off. 
  • Diane Carr, from Continuing and Professional Education, discussed the many Veteran's Week events as well as the need for Veteran's to self-identify. 
  • Career Tracks- Some participants felt that Career Tracks leveled positions and will make staff retention very difficult. Campus leadership explained that these constraints are imposed by UCOP and CA legislation. A few advantages brought up by campus leadership include that it encouraged position descriptions that had long been outdated to be updated, it allows a comparison of staff across multiple departments on campus as well as system-wide.


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.