UC Merced officials on Monday named Kyle D. Hoffman as the school's new new vice chancellor for development and alumni relations. In his new role, Hoffman will oversee UC Merced's fundraising efforts while also managing the development of the campus' growing alumni base, according to a university press release.
A UC Santa Barbara graduate, Hoffman's spent the past 28 years working in the University of California system, most recently as assistant vice chancellor for alumni and constituent relations at UC Riverside. His new role at UC Merced begins May 21.
UC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland called Hoffman an effective and seasoned leader in development and alumni relations, with extensive leadership experience in fundraising and institutional knowledge of the UC system. "I have no doubt he will be a significant asset as our campus continues to navigate a challenging economic landscape that requires us to focus more on private donations in lieu of state funding," Leland said in the release.
A first-generation college graduate, Hoffman said he was drawn to UC Merced in part because of its critical role in improving college-going rates and the regional economy of the traditionally underserved San Joaquin Valley, and by the chance to continue a professional career that has been dedicated to advancing the UC system.
"This is an exciting and challenging time for UC Merced," Hoffman said. “Working with our dynamic new chancellor, I plan to bring stability and vision to our development and alumni relations efforts and to vigorously pursue critical new resources that will allow UC Merced to advance to even greater heights.”
Hoffman will replace interim Vice Chancellor David Hosley, who's also been serving part-time as executive director of UC Merced's Sierra Nevada Research Institute. Hosley's position at the institute will transition to full-time when Hoffman assumes his new duties.
— Sun-Star staff