UCLA Administration

News & Views

Summer 2019

A quarterly celebration of our 11 administrative units, their dedicated staff and our successes as a team. 

AdminVC Beck chatting with participants at the Leadership Forum (November 2018)

CHANGE is key to achieving excellence

UCLA Administration has played a significant role in UCLA’s success and ranking as the number one public institution in the country. It’s exhilarating to dream of what opportunities and meaningful legacy we are building today for UCLA and for its future staff, faculty, and students.

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EMTs Cliff Danza and Matt Guarino await details from UCPD Dispatch before heading out to render aid.

Ride along in EMS-1

Call 9-1-1 for medical help, and UCLA’s ambulance unit (EMS-1) will likely be the first to arrive on scene to render aid, determine what is needed, and coordinate with UCLA Police and LAFD paramedic ambulance services. “When you are first on scene,” explains EMT Matt Guarino, “you see how someone’s expression changes when you arrive and know that your presence makes an impact.” 

Enjoy the ride

Devin Dillon, Ph.D., Superintendent of PreK-12 Program and School Operations

NEW superintendent OF PREK-12 OPERATIONS 

Dr. Devin Dillon joined UCLA as Superintendent of PreK-12 Operations effective July 8, 2019. Spend a few minutes with Devin and you’ll quickly realize that she is passionate about education and the unique opportunity that this new position provides. 

Get to know Devin

Construction at UCLA requires teams of project managers, architects, planners, and others.

Ask the ADMINISTRATION Leadership Team (ALT)

Senior Architect Pi-Hsuan Kao from the Design and Project Management office at Facilities Management asks,  "Does UCLA Administration plan to have a campuswide, systematic approach to address ADA compliance issues for existing buildings, rather than tackling each small construction project individually in a piecemeal manner?” 

Read the answer

EMS provides training at Murphy Hall Safety Fair.


Read excerpts from a conversation with EMT Montana Ellis and EMT Kate Reiss about their experience working at UCLA Emergency Medical Services and its profound impact on their personal and professional lives.

Read the interview with Montana and Kate

New K-9 Officer Blake joined UCPD in April 2019.

UCPD Welcomes New K-9 Officer 

UCPD is proud to welcome K-9 Officer Blake, an energetic, one-year old Belgian Malinois. Blake is the second canine officer to join UCPD since the K-9 Unit was reinstituted in 2016.

Learn about K-9 Blake

Agnes Warren honors Teresa Todd and Joe Stables at their retirement celebration (June 2019)

STAFF CHANGES at Financial Management Services

In June 2019, Teresa Todd and Joseph Stables bid Financial Management Services farewell as they ventured into retirement. Fortunately, capable Bruins Vichelle Jose and Vanessa Alvarado have joined the team to support UCLA Administration and its 11 units with their financial support needs.

Read about the staff changes

EMT Matt Guarino loads equipment into EMS-1, UCLA's ambulance unit.

UCLA Emergency Medical Services since 1978

When UCLA established the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) unit in 1978, UCLA Police Officers who were dispatched for medical services had to return to the police station to get the ambulance and then respond to the call for help. 

Brush-up on EMS history

In UCLA Dining's Culinary Training Program, staff strive to create unique dishes.

UCLA Dining’s Culinary Training Program

The Culinary Training Program is a five-month, in-house training program designed by UCLA Dining Services to introduce Food Service Workers to basic culinary skills. 

Learn about the program

MDDS Director David Aberbuch addresses staff at a pizza party in July 2019.

Meet our admin partners at MDDS

When Director David Aberbuch began his career with MDDS a little over fifteen 15 years ago, he remembers, “the department needed to move past the 1950s.” With the staff’s cooperation, MDDS continues to succeed in moving forward.

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Volunteers staff the Emergency Operations Center during the June training exercise.

OEM Training Exercise

On June 21, the Office of Emergency Management hosted a training exercise—a simulated 6.8 magnitude earthquake—for the Campus Emergency Operations Group (CEOG) and the Emergency Management Policy Group (EMPG).  

Learn more about simulated exercises

Events and Transportation staff show true Bruin spirit at a department event.

Out and About ON CAMPUS

If you capture a great shot of UCLA Administration staff at an event, on the job, or just out and about enjoying the day, please email it to [email protected] with a brief description for publication in News & Views

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Brenda Garland coaches participants in the Technology Training Program.

Technology Training Program

Take advantage of training programs that improve your skills and expand your horizons as you work toward opportunities for advancement at UCLA. 

Read more about this opportunity

UCLA Transportation's Jimmy Tran at the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference Awards Ceremony.

UCLA Transportation Garners Special Recognition

Recently, UCLA Transportation was honored with awards for managing mobility on demand services on campus, rideshare marketing, and a prestigious parking industry designation.

Read more about the awards

Recipients of the March 2019 True Bruin Values award.

Staff Recognition Awards 

As the success of UCLA Administration and its 11 units can be attributed to its dedicated, industrious and innovative staff, it is important that we recognize and honor those across our organization who make noteworthy contributions. Read about recent award recipients and their contributions to making UCLA the best it can be.

True Bruin Values Award

Service Excellence Award