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ABA Executive Board

It is the belief of the ABA that it is in the campus's best interest to involve the ABA in the earliest stages of planning and decision-making processes. As the professional work force which "gets the job done", the ABA can add value to discussions of proposed change, and can provide critical perspective and input. The ABA Executive Board seeks to take a proactive stance in facilitating two-way information exchange on issues such as decentralization and long-range strategies. The ABA Executive Board's role is:

  • to act as the ABA's representative and collective voice,
  • to serve as a sounding board for new initiatives, changes, and visions for the campus
  • to take the concerns and positions of the ABA to the next influential level; and
  • to coordinate ABA activities such as identifying key topics and needs which require the ABA's input and response.

The existence of the ABA Executive Board does not supersede contact with other ABA Committees, but provides a focused and well-rounded point of contact with managers of academic departments on the general campus. In order to ensure wide representation from across Academic Affairs, the Executive Board consists of members drawn from the major units in Academic Affairs. Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Engineering and Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences in combination). Each unit has a representative on the Executive Board, as well as the ORUs and the College business managers. A member of the Executive Vice Chancellor's staff is also a permanent ex officio member of the Executive Board.

The Executive Board meets monthly or as needed throughout the year. Board members generally serve a staggered three-year term. No ABA member will serve more than four years total. In the second year, a member may be selected to serve as Chair-Elect and will then serve as Chair in his or her third year. The immediate past chair is asked to serve a fourth year to provide continuity and support to the incoming Chair. No ABA member will serve more than four years in a single term, although individuals may serve for multiple terms if endorsed by their Division colleagues.

ABA Executive Board (3 year commitment) 


  • Samira Khazai, CSE, (Engineering), year 1 of 3
  • Len Lafebre, Rady School of Management (Library, Extension or Professional Schools), Chair, year 2 of 3
  • Cyndi Muylle, Colleges Business Office (Provosts), year 2 of 3
  • Karen Andrews, Physics (Physical Sciences), year 3 of 3
  • Steve Ross (EVC), ex-officio member

Academic Business Officers Group (ABOG) Steering Committee

The primary charge of this committee is to represent UCSD and participate at the systemwide ABOG planning meetings. The systemwide planning committee is responsible for planning, organizing, and executing the annual ABOG conference. The committee focuses on sharing issues, concerns, and solutions that are common within campuses and maintains communication between the campuses and the Office of the President. The committee meets a minimum of three times per year (meetings are mandatory, off-site and typically on a Sunday through Monday schedule). Some funding for planning meetings is provided by the EVC and the systemwide ABOG committee. Members serve a staggered three-year term.

ABOG Steering Committee (3 year commitment)


  • Mary Polytaridis, MAE, year 3 of 3
  • Shanley Miller, Sociology/Latin American Studies, year 1 of 3

Agenda Committee

The Agenda Committee is responsible for the planning and development of agenda items for ABA monthly meetings. This committee is responsible for the electronic distribution of meeting agendas. The committee meets as needed throughout the year for approximately one hour. Members serve a staggered two-year term.

Agenda (2 year commitment)


  • Vacant


Betsy Faught Award Committee

The Betsy Faught Award committee is charged with reviewing nominations and selecting a recipient of the Betsy Faught award, which recognize excellence and outstanding achievement in the management of General Campus academic units. Committee Membership:

  • The previous two recipients of the Betsy Faught award
  • One Academic Affairs Assistant Dean, as identified by the Office of the EVC
  • Academic Affairs' VC HR Contact

Betsy Faught Award (2-award-cycle commitment, awarded every other year)


  • Inactive 2015-16

Campus Security Advisory Representative

The committee member serves in an advisory capacity to the Vice Chancellor-Business Affairs, through the Director of Community Safety. This member represents ABA. The member will act in a consulting capacity to the UCSD Police Department Crime Prevention Unit and the UCSD Safety Awareness Program, when assessing campus safety and security problems, issues and concerns. This representative serves a two-year term.

Campus Security Advisory Representative (2 year commitment)


  • Vacant

Committee on Committees

The committee is responsible for the annual call of ABA committee assignments, which occurrs annually in the Spring. This committee is also responsible for the solicitation of ideas from ABA members regarding the establishment of new committees and/or ABA member participation on existing campus committees. Two members serve a staggered two-year term.

Committee on Committees (2 year commitment)


  • Gris Arellano, Theatre and Dance, year 2 of 2
  • Pamela Fruge, EDS, year 2 of 2

Human Resources and Professional Development Committee (HR-PDC)

The Human Resources and Professional Development Committee (HR-PDC) is an advisory committee representative of the various units reporting to the EVC to facilitate professional development for academic business officers and to provide feedback and consultation to the EVC and the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Human Resources, regarding issues relating to Human Resources policies and procedures. The charge of the HR-PDC:

  • Serve as a liaison between campus Human Resources, EVC HR, and the ABA.
  • Develop positions and recommendations on issues relating to human resources and the methodology for their execution.
  • Serve as a sounding board for new human resources initiatives, changes and visions for the campus.
  • Solicit applications and approve awards for the ABA Professional Development Matching Fund. 
  • Prepare an annual report detailing funds expended for the ABA Executive Board and the Executive Vice Chancellor.
  • Facilitate the ABA Mentorship Program for new business officers.
  • Provide advice on other staff training and development efforts including ABA "continuing education" training sessions as well as the roll-out of new career development programs.
  • Update Business Officers’ Manual as needed.

Committee Membership includes a representative from each of the following areas:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences or Biological Sciences)
  • Provosts
  • Professionals Schools/Extension
  • Academic Support units
  • Organized Research Units
  • Ex Officio: Academic Affairs’ Director of Staff HR and HR Analyst

The committee meets monthly throughout the academic year. Representatives serve staggered three-year terms, with the Chair appointed from committee membership. 

HR-PDC (3 year commitment)


  • Debbie Ambrose, Philosophy (Arts and Humanities), year 2 of 3
  • Gris Arellano, Theatre and Dance (Arts and Humanities), Chair, year 2 of 3
  • Carol Hudson, CGJ/INC (ORU), year 3 of 3
  • Stephanie Navrides, ECE (Engineering), year 1 of 3
  • Vacant (Natural Sciences), year 1 of 3
  • Vacant (Provosts), year 1 of 3
  • Vacant (Professional Schools), year 1 of 3
  • Vacant (Academic Support Units), year 1 of 3
  • Linda Thai Schlossman (EVC), ex-officio member

IT Committee

The ABA-IT Committee serves as an advisory group and sounding board to provide guidance and direction to units and/or groups charged with administrative and instructional application development for Academic Affairs and the campus. The committee helps the Office of the EVC set priorities for application development and process automation, including making recommendations for the allocation or reallocation of resources to support these efforts. The committee also serves as a conduit for managers to bring IT-related administrative issues to the attention of the Office of the EVC, ACT, ACMS, Research Affairs and other offices. The group works to ensure that the best interests and needs of academic affairs units are being met as they relate to data access and reporting, application development and process automation. ABA-IT Committee has authority to represent ABA membership in issues of prioritizing and making recommendations with the goal of improved campus-wide alignment. 

Membership includes broad representation from the units who are the primary users of locally-developed IT tools and programs. Committee members should not only have an interest in application development, process automation and data management, but also be sufficiently knowledgeable in these areas so as to be comfortably conversant with technical staff. The Manager, Application Development and Data Management in the Office of the EVC will serve as an ex-officio member of the committee. 

Representatives serve staggered three-year terms, with the Chair appointed from committee membership.

IT Committee (3 year commitment)


  • Cheryl Kaino, Health Sciences Business Applications Dev Group, year 3 of 3
  • Susie Pike, SIO Directors Office (SIO), year 2 of 3
  • Teresa Wassum, Cognitive Science (Social Sciences), year 2 of 3
  • Vacant (Engineering), year 1 of 3
  • Vacant (Physical Sciences), year 1 of 3
  • Stephen Hamilton (EVC), ex-officio member

ORU Representative to SIO MSO Meeting

The ABA representative in this position is responsible for attending monthly MSO meetings at Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO) for the purpose of gathering information and sharing information between the campus and SIO MSO groups. This ABA member is an ORU representative and serves a one-year term. 

ORU Representative to SIO (1 year commitment)


  • Vacant

Professional & Administrative Review Committee (PARC)

PARC is the principal advisory committee to the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor regarding all classifications (reclassification or recruitment) for staff titles in PSS former Grades J through N. The committee also provides advice to the EVC on a variety of classification and compensation matters. The committee provides input to clarify classifications levels, enhance consistency of classification decisions, and improve understanding of the process by which decisions are made. The committee meets at least once a month for approximately two hours. Additional prep time is required in advance of meetings to review job cards – the monthly workload of this committee is very dependent upon the number of job descriptions submitted for classification. Committee Membership includes a representative from each the following areas:

  • Arts & Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences or Biological Sciences)
  • Provosts
  • Professionals Schools/Extension
  • Academic Support units
  • Organized Research Units

Members are appointed pending confirmation by the EVC and serve staggered three-year terms. Academic Affairs' Director of Staff Human Resources serves as the permanent chair of the committee. 

Professional & Administrative Review Committee (3 year commitment; new appointments confirmed by the EVC)


  • Jackie Griffin, Visual Arts (Arts and Humanities), year 3 of 3
  • Sue King, Economics (Social Sciences), year 1 of 3
  • Deborah Morrison, GPS (Professional Schools), year 3 of 3
  • Cyndi Muylle, Colleges Business Office (Provosts), year 3 of 3
  • Beverly Randez, EVC (Academic Support Units), year 2 of 3
  • Jacqueline Vo, Structural Engineering (Engineering), year 3 of 3
  • Vacant (Physical Sciences), year 1 of 3
  • Linda Thai Schlossman (EVC), Chair

Program Review Committee (PRC)

As the principal advisory committee to the Executive Vice Chancellor-Academic Affairs, the PRC's charge is to review all instructional, research, and public service programs of the General Campus, as well as all supporting programs, such as libraries and academic computing. The committee provides recommendations on faculty and TA FTE allocations, operating budget issues, and priorities for capital improvement. The review includes new as well as ongoing programs. Members of the committee will represent the best interests of the campus as a whole, and exercise judgment as individuals. Deans will represent their respective divisions and disciplines as well. Membership of the PRC consists of the EVC, Chair of the Academic Senate, Divisional Deans, University Librarian, Student Representatives, and other consultants. The ABA representative to the PRC serves a two-year term.

Program Review Committee (2 year commitment)


  • Mary Polytaridis, MAE, year 1 of 2

Transportation Policy Committee

Transportation Policy Committee (3 year commitment)


  • Jackie Griffin, Visual Arts (Arts and Humanities), year 2 of 3

Web Committee

The Web Committee is responsible for creating and maintaining a representative website that is useful to our members, and provides information about pertinent items to the effective functioning of the group. The ABA roster secretary, who maintains the ABA list of members, will serve on this committee. Members of this committee should be self-nominated rather than appointed, to ensure that the committee members possess sufficient interest and expertise to design and maintain the web page. Members will serve for three-year terms each.

Website Committee (3 year commitment)


  • Beverly Randez, EVC, year 3 of 3
  • Janet Shin, CHD/CRL/KIBM, year 2 of 3

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