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Campus Names Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations

May 7, 2012
Kyle D. Hoffman to continue 28-year career in the UC system as UC Merced's chief fundraiser; will join campus in late May, pending approval by the UC Board of Regents
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Kyle D. Hoffman has been named UC Merced's new vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations, effective May 21, 2012.
A UC Santa Barbara graduate, Hoffman has spent the past 28 years working in the UC system, most recently as assistant vice chancellor for Alumni and Constituent Relations at UC Riverside.
Hoffman will oversee UC Merced's fundraising efforts while also managing the development of the campus' growing alumni base.

Chancellor Dorothy Leland of the University of California, Merced, announced today the hiring of Kyle D. Hoffman as vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations. The appointment is effective May 21, 2012.

Hoffman has spent the past 14 years as assistant vice chancellor for Alumni and Constituent Relations at UC Riverside, and he spent 14 years prior to that in various positions at UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara. He will replace interim Vice Chancellor David Hosley, who has 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.

“Kyle Hoffman is an effective and seasoned leader in development and alumni relations, with extensive leadership experience in fundraising and institutional knowledge of the University of California system,” Leland said. “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.”

As vice chancellor, Hoffman will oversee all of UC Merced's fundraising efforts while also managing the development of the campus' young but growing alumni base. He will also serve as vice president of the UC Merced Foundation.

Hoffman received his bachelor's and master's degrees from UC Santa Barbara, where he worked for five years in the 1980s as director of Student Relations and director of the Alumni Vacation Center. In 1989, he became the executive director of the UC Riverside Alumni Association, and later was named assistant vice chancellor of Alumni and Constituent Relations. He also worked as the assistant personnel manager of the UC Santa Barbara Olympic Village during the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

A first-generation college graduate himself, 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's compensation package will include an annual salary of $218,700 along with the following additional items:

  • per UC policy, standard health, pension and senior management benefits and standard sick and vacation accrual;
  • per UC policy, a temporary housing allowance of up to $11,070 for a period of 90 days to offset limited housing-related expenses;
  • per UC policy, a relocation allowance of $10,000 to assist with relocating to Merced, plus two house-hunting trips;
  • per UC policy, a five percent monthly contribution to the Senior Management Supplement Benefit Program; and
  • per UC policy, eligibility to participate in the UC Home Loan Program, in accordance with all applicable policies.

He will also be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses for business-related visits to campus during a four-week transition period from April 25 to May 21.