Appointment of Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Communications

To: UCSC Community

From: Donna Murphy, Vice Chancellor of University Relations

It's a pleasure to announce the appointment of Barry Shiller, an

accomplished and experienced public affairs professional, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Communications in the division of University Relations. Barry, who has both private sector and higher education experience, will begin January 2, 2008.

Barry will provide leadership in strategic communications, public information, publications, media relations and other campus internal and external communications, including its web presence.

Barry fills the position held previously by Elizabeth Irwin, who retired last January. Jim Burns, Director of the Public Information Office, has served as Acting AVC during the interim. He and the Public Affairs staff have worked tirelessly through an intense year of activity that included the appointment of our new Chancellor and other important achievements and milestones. I value greatly the extraordinary effort each has provided to deal with unexpected challenges and to promote and improve understanding of the campus and its mission.

A special thanks is extended to the Search Committee, which included an accomplished public affairs alumnus and representatives from the Academic Senate and other campus units that work closely with the Public Affairs area. The national search attracted more than 70 candidates from several states and with a breadth of experience.

You may read more about Barry in the press release distributed today: