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 months ahead."
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 November 2005.
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 university policy.
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.
Patti Waid Istas