MERCED, CA— The University of California,
Merced today announced the appointment of David H. Hosley as
interim vice chancellor for University Relations, effective Feb. 1, 2010.
Hosley has served as president of UC Merced’s Modesto-based
Great Valley Center since February 2008. Previously, he was
president and general manager of KVIE Public Television in
Sacramento for 10 years. He has a long and distinguished record as
a newsman, media executive, community volunteer and strategic
consultant to nonprofit organizations.
Hosley succeeds John Garamendi, Jr., who announced his intention
to leave the university to start his own consulting business in
December. Garamendi officially resigned on Jan. 4.
“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 Steve Kang, UC Merced chancellor. “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
In his new role, Hosley will oversee all aspects of university
development, including fundraising and trustee relations, as well
as government relations and communications. He will report directly
to Chancellor Kang.
Hosley’s interim appointment is for one year. He will continue
as president of the Great Valley Center during this time. Kang said
plans for a permanent appointment to the vice chancellor post are
under development and will be announced later this year.
“I am honored to be asked by Chancellor Kang to help UC Merced
in a new way,” said Hosley. “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’s background includes 25 years as a journalist in
Northern California, Miami and New York and 20 years in management
of public radio and television outlets in the San Francisco Bay
Area and Sacramento. He has written, lectured and consulted
extensively on strategic planning and development for nonprofit
organizations and is the author of two books on broadcast journalism.
As president of the Great Valley Center for the last two years,
Hosley developed the nonprofit organization’s first strategic plan
and directed programs to promote the economic, social and
environmental well-being of California’s Central Valley. He also
increased general financial support for the GVC by 25 percent in
2009. The GVC, founded in 1997, has been a unit of UC Merced since
Currently, Hosley serves on the University of California, Davis
Foundation Board of Trustees and the Dean’s Advisory Council for
the UC Davis College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. He
also serves or has previously served as a board member of 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 (Executive Committee).
Hosley holds a master’s degree from Stanford University in
communications and a Ph.D. from Columbia University in sociology.
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 initiatives, and secured numerous major financial gifts
from a wide range of donors. UC Merced has received gifts and
pledges of more than $37.6 million since he joined the university
in June 2005.
As interim vice chancellor, Hosley is not exempt from the
furlough/salary reductions facing all UC employees during the
2009-10 academic year, and he will be subject to a 9 percent pay
cut through the end of the fiscal year and furloughed according to
Hosley’s annual salary will be $201,000, pending approval by the
UC Regents. In keeping with UC policy, additional compensation will
include standard health, pension and senior management benefits and
standard sabbatical, sick and vacation accrual.