e-News from the Office of the Provost                Spring 2018 - vol. 4
Provost's Message      
Dr. Sylvia Alva
Dear Colleagues:

The search for the Associate Vice President (AVP) for Faculty Affairs has concluded. I am pleased to inform you that Dr. Martin F. Sancho-Madriz has accepted the position, effective June 1, 2018.
As the AVP for Faculty Affairs, Dr. Sancho-Madriz will have primary oversight and responsibility for planning, coordinating and implementing academic personnel matters related to faculty and administrators in Academic Affairs. He will coordinate recruitment, appointment, and mentoring of faculty, including; retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP) processes for tenure-track faculty; oversee the range elevation process for temporary faculty; interpret and ensure compliance with the faculty (Unit 3) and Academic Student Employee (Unit 11) collective bargaining agreements; facilitate informal resolution of faculty complaints; process formal faculty contract grievances; and oversee retirement and faculty in early retirement program (FERP).

Dr. Martin F. Sancho-Madriz earned a BS/Licentiate degree in Food Technology from the University of Costa Rica, followed by MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University in Food Science and Technology (FST) with a concentration in Food Process Engineering. He was hired in 1997 to develop a new Bachelor of Science degree program in Food Science and Technology. He served as Director of the FST Program for 18 years and as Chair of the Human Nutrition and Food Science Department for seven years. He currently serves as the Associate Dean of the College of Environmental Design.
Professor Sancho-Madriz has served on multiple committees at the department, college and university levels. Currently, he serves on the University Strategic Planning Steering Committee and WSCUC Accreditation Steering Committee. He represented the College of Agriculture in the Academic Senate for 13 years, serving as Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee and Chair of the Academic Senate.
I want to thank Dr. Sep Eskandari for his service and support during this transition. I also would like to thank the search committee, co-chaired by Dr. Halima El Naga  and Dr. Victoria Bhavsar, for conducting a smooth and successful search.

Sylvia A. Alva
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs