UC Davis Humphrey Newsletter - Winter 2015

From the Directors

We've had a very eventful and rewarding start to the 2014-2015 Humphrey Academic year!

Karen Beardsley

First, we welcomed Karen Beardsley as our new director. While Karen is transitioning into a new role, she is a longtime friend to the program and has served as a host for professional affiliations, trainer, Technical Advisory Committee member, and even host family! 

Karen's breadth of experience includes her current position as the managing director for the Information Center for the Environment (ICE) in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. Her significant knowledge in the areas of climate change, natural resources management, and geographic information systems offers relevant experience to this position plus she has an excellent grasp of the program and the fellows' profiles.  As Director, Karen provides management and leadership by directing all aspects of the Humphrey Fellowship Program, working closely with departmental chairs and faculty and the academic units, as well as regional professionals and leaders to develop focused activities and programs specific to the Humphrey Fellows.

This does mean that Mark Bell transitioned from the Humphrey director position, now focusing on his work with the International Programs and the International Agricultural Development (IAD) Program. Mark continues to enrich the program as a trainer and Technical Advisory Committee Member and we are so lucky to have him with us! Program alumni will be happy to know there is now an even greater chance of spotting Mark in their home countries!

Mark writes: "Success so often depends on the efforts of many people - and the Humphrey Program at UC Davis is an example of such success. I've been fortunate to work with many outstanding fellows and have seen the remarkable support from so many within UC Davis and beyond. It has been a delight to get to know so many outstanding giving people. As I move to my next responsibilities (still within UC Davis), I'm thankful for all the support that has helped make the program so good over the last many years. I wish the program all the best for many more years as the program helps make the world a better place. " 

As the 2014 calendar year draws to a close and we are grateful to be a part of a network of talented professionals, collaborators, mentors, teachers, friends. May this newsletter find you in good health and contentedness and may 2015 be full of opportunities to connect, learn, and grow.

In collaboration,

Karen Beardsley and Nikki Grey Rutamu