Suzanne Y. Ornelas to Serve as Chief of Staff and Liaison to the Arizona Board of Regents

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TO: Campus Community
FROM: Ann Weaver Hart, President
SUBJECT: Suzanne Y. Ornelas to Serve as Chief of Staff and Liaison to the Arizona Board of Regents
DATE: July 27, 2012

I take great pleasure in announcing that Suzanne Y. Ornelas has agreed to serve as my Chief of Staff and Liaison to the Arizona Board of Regents within the Office of the President effective August 6, 2012. As Chief of Staff and Liaison to the Arizona Board of Regents, Ms. Ornelas will continue to work very closely with me across the entire spectrum of campus-related issues. She will also act as the primary contact on behalf of the president with various units and governance entities across the campus and university system regarding all issues related to the Arizona Board of Regents inclusive of protocols, committees and subcommittees. Ms. Ornelas will assist our senior administrative team and academic leaders in interactions with and preparation for the Arizona Board of Regents meetings.

Ms. Ornelas brings strong analytical skills and good judgment to the job and is a highly effective communicator. She is a vital resource to the president as a key point of contact between the president and her executive team, campus leaders, constituents and community representatives.

During her 12 years of service to the University of Arizona, Ms. Ornelas has served in a variety of roles, including her most recent position as the executive associate to the president. Previously, she has also served as an associate director of development for the University of Arizona Cancer Center, a development officer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a program coordinator in the Office of Community Relations.

Ms. Ornelas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from the University of San Diego and a Master of Science in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She also has experience working abroad as project manager for the International Rescue Committee in Sheik, Somalia, and as an independent consultant for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Hargeisa, Somalia.

I look forward to the continued contributions Ms. Ornelas will make in advancing the goals of the University of Arizona.