Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Enterprises and Fiscal Innovation

Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Enterprises and Fiscal Innovation

University of California, Merced

Merced, California


The fastest growing public doctoral research university in the nation and newest campus in the venerable University of California System, the University of California, Merced seeks to hire an entrepreneurial and dynamic leader as its first Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary Enterprises and Fiscal Innovation (AVC) to assist in the further development of its campus footprint, service offerings, and diversification of its revenue streams. With a $1.3 billion, 13-building expansion underway, the new AVC will help move this young institution into an exciting new phase, supporting the rapid growth of the campus’ infrastructure and physical space by facilitating new revenue-generating opportunities and entrepreneurial thinking, and partnering closely with the senior leadership team to foster a transformational student experience.


Founded in 2002, the University of California, Merced was the first new University of California campus in 40 years, and the first American research university of the twenty-first century. UC Merced recently experienced a significant milestone, appearing in the U.S News & World Report rankings for the first time as #78 among public universities and #152 overall among national universities, even as the youngest university on the list. Through the 2020 Project - a commitment by the State of California and the University of California to increase access to the UC system for eligible state students and to support a rapidly growing Central Valley region - the campus will nearly double the physical capacity and support enrollment growth to 10,000 students over the next few years; and as many as 25,000 students within the next two decades. The impact of UC Merced’s rapid growth reaches beyond its campus and continues to transform the region, economically, academically and environmentally. UC Merced maintains a focus on sustainability, research, diversity, and community. It leads the UC system in the percentage of students from underrepresented ethnic groups, low-income families and families whose parents did not attend college and has been designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.


There is a palpable sense of energy and excitement on campus as the community observes the dramatic development of the physical campus that allows for a much needed expansion of the number of California high school and transfer students served.  The leadership at UC Merced will be looking to the AVC to catalyze the forward momentum on campus to create a highly collaborative approach to auxiliary services that promotes an entrepreneurial growth of new services, and further leverages the strengths of existing units in the division. As an emerging university, UC Merced has exceptional freedom and flexibility to pioneer new models for teaching, research, and service, as well as develop and implement new systems, processes and partnerships with private entities to move forward a new economic paradigm for public universities. This provides ripe ground for the AVC to be innovative and opportunistic in designing, implementing strategies, unifying, and leading the campus around a new vision for UC Merced’s auxiliary enterprises.


Reporting to the Vice Chancellor and Chief Financial Officer, the AVC will be expected to plan, negotiate and execute partnerships to generate revenue and deliver top-quality services to a growing campus community.  This will ensure the execution of UC Merced’s current and future growth while also broadening access to high quality education and academic success for its diverse student population. As the campus pioneers and develops new services and programs, UC Merced will serve as a successful model for revenue generation and public-private enterprise partnerships, not only for the University of California system, but for public universities across the country.    


Working closely with senior leadership, staff across the campus, as well as with leaders from the UC system and regional community, the AVC will be asked to address a set of key opportunities and challenges, as follows:


  • Aggressively develop new ventures to fully support UC Merced’s growth agenda;
  • Drive collaborative partnerships internally and ensure alignment around campus objectives
  • Fully integrate the campus with the City of Merced to foster economic prosperity in the region;
  • Embed UC Merced’s deep commitment to diversity and inclusion in all strategies and activities of the division; and
  • Serve as an excellent citizen and representative of the campus and positive force on the senior executive team.

UC Merced has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For more details, including the full position profile and complete list of the desired qualifications, and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website: Electronic submission of materials is strongly encouraged.


David Bellshaw, Lindsay Gold, and Camille Sheffield

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

Fax: 415.655.4905


UC Merced is an EEO/AA/Vet/Disability/Minority Employer