Hosley named interim vice chancellor at UC Merced

Outgoing leader recently criticized for conduct.

January 8, 2010 

David H. Hosley was appointed as interim vice chancellor for university relations at UC Merced on Thursday, replacing John Garamendi Jr., who announced his resignation last month.

Garamendi Jr., the college's third vice chancellor, said he was leaving UC Merced to start a consulting business on Dec. 1. He resigned officially Jan. 4, according to a press release.

"We are very fortunate to have an individual of David Hosley's credentials to step into this vital role at our fast-growing university," said Chancellor Steve Kang. "John Garamendi Jr. established a very strong base upon which our university relations team can build. We thank him for his many contributions over the last four-and-a-half years and look forward to a seamless transition under David's leadership in the weeks and months ahead."

The UC Merced announcement came on the heels of a report last week that Garamendi Jr. had acted unethically on behalf of a Stockton law firm in late November, according to The Stockton Record.

The Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the State Bar of California because, the chamber said, Garamendi Jr. met with the chamber's CEO about an ongoing legal issue, then signed a contract with the opposing law firm the next day.

Officials at UC Merced didn't comment Thursday on the report from Stockton.

Garamendi Jr. said he didn't agree with the chamber's allegation, but said he couldn't elaborate. His resignation has nothing to do with his work in Stockton, he said.

When Garamendi Jr. submitted his resignation, UC Merced officials hoped he'd continue working on campus until this spring. "We hoped we'd be able to manage through April 1, but my business began to pick up, so we decided that it would be better to resign on Monday," Garamendi Jr. said in a phone interview Thursday evening. He said the university decided Dec. 17 his final day would be Monday.

During his tenure at UC Merced, Garamendi Jr. established and oversaw relations with the UC Merced Board of Trustees, a 60-person body that provides guidance and support to the university's development. He also secured several major financial gifts. UC Merced has received gifts and pledges of more than $37.6 million since he joined the university in June 2005.

"Im very proud of what we've accomplished at UC Merced," Garamendi Jr. said. "I'm confident that David Hosley will do an excellent job. He cares deeply about the issues in the Valley and at UC Merced."

Hosley's appointment will become effective Feb. 1.

He has served as president of UC Merced's Modesto-based Great Valley Center since February 2008. Previously, Hosley was president and general manager of KVIE Public Television in Sacramento for 10 years. He's also worked as a newsman, media executive, volunteer and consultant to nonprofit organizations, according to the release.

Hosley worked for 25 years as a journalist in Northern California, Miami and New York and 20 years in management of public radio and television outlets in California. He has written, lectured and consulted on planning and development for nonprofit organizations and wrote two books about broadcast journalism.

As president of the Great Valley Center, Hosley developed the organization's first strategic plan and directed programs that promote economic, social and environmental well-being in the Central Valley. He also increased financial support for the center by 25 percent in 2009. The center was founded in 1997 and has been a unit of UC Merced since November 2005.

Hosley also serves on the UC Davis Foundation Board of Trustees and an advisory council for the campus' Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. He's also been a board member at more than a dozen other nonprofit or civic organizations, including the Sacramento Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.

Hosley holds a master's degree from Stanford University in communications and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in sociology.

At UC Merced, Hosley will oversee university development, including fundraising and trustee relations, as well as government relations and communications. He'll report directly to Kang, the news release said.

His interim appointment is for one year. He will continue as president of the Great Valley Center during that time. Kang said plans for a permanent appointment to the post are under development and will be announced later this year.

As interim vice chancellor, Hosley isn't exempt from furloughs already in place for all UC employees this academic year. He'll be subject to a 9 percent pay cut and furloughed according to university policy, the news release said.

Hosley's annual salary will be $201,000, pending approval by the UC Regents. He will also get standard health, pension and senior management benefits and standard sabbatical, sick and vacation accrual.

"The university is a powerful catalyst for positive change in our region, and I'm looking forward to working more closely with UC Merced's many supporters, students, faculty and staff," Hosley said in the news release.

Reporter Danielle E. Gaines can be reached at (209) 385-2407 or dgaines@mercedsun-star.com.

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