News of staff departures are always bittersweet, but never more so than when a colleague of longstanding tenure determines the time has come to retire. After 36 years of dedicated service to UCLA, Keith Parker has decided that the end of December will mark his UCLA retirement. Mixed emotions abound … I am filled with gratitude for Keith’s longstanding leadership, humbled by his commitment to the University for more than three and a half decades, and excited for him as he embarks on new journeys and fresh horizons.
If Gary Segura, dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, wasn’t well known in Sacramento before he took his post during the last year, his early 2017 calendar serves as a means to end that.
The new dean has been visiting with elected and government officials to emphasize the value research from the Luskin School can bring to policymaking decisions, including his own inquiries into government’s impact on Latino communities.
“My principle message is that the University of California is a resource unlike any other for the state,” he said. “It is a key to driving innovation, economic growth and a reason this state leads in so many categories. It should be protected, nurtured and fostered.”
University of California President Janet Napolitano on June 16 released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security issued its guidance on the status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program known as DACA:
I am writing as part of the leadership of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), one of the nation’s premier universities engaged in research, scholarship and innovation for the benefit of society. UCLA is ranked among the leading research universities worldwide in fields ranging from medicine to engineering to humanities to arts and sciences and everything in between.
Francisco Carrillo was a self-described knucklehead when he attended UCLA, so much so that he didn’t make it through school on his first attempt.
He took his education for granted the first time around, but when given a second chance to make good, he did, and now the “prodigal son” returns as Executive Director of Federal Relations for UCLA with a mission to promote his alma mater at the federal level and to advocate for higher education priorities in Washington, DC.
“My undergrad story is interesting,” Carrillo said with a weary smile. “I didn’t go the normal route. I actually got dismissed from school because my academic performance was suffering. I was very young and naive. But thankfully, I got back in.”
Elected officials up in Sacramento know that Director of the UCLA Anderson Forecast (released new June 13) Edward Leamer’s door is always open for a lively discussion.
“I think good citizenship is essential to a good university’s function,” Leamer said. “The faculty needs to do what it can to help the governance of the locales in which they reside — the city, the county and the state. I go up to Sacramento with that in mind. It’s an opportunity and an important function that’s really part of my job and also part of my activity of being a citizen of California.”