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Divisional Council (DivCo)


Divisional Council (DivCo) is the administrative arm of the Merced Division of the Academic Senate. It acts on behalf of the Division on non-legislative matters.  It advises the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s designee on the establishment of academic and research units and facilitates consultations between Administration and appropriate committees of the Division. Occasionally, DivCo establishes special committees to study and report to the Divisional Assembly on concerns that are not within the jurisdiction of existing committees. DivCo maintains liaison with the Academic Council.
For a complete description of DivCo’s duties please see the committee’s bylaws

AY 24-25 Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes

2023-2024 Membership*

Current Members:

  • Matt Hibbing, Senate Chair, and Academic Council representative, Spring 2024, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

    • Professor Hibbing served as DivCo Vice-Chair, CAPRA Member, and PROC Co-Chair in Fall 2023

  • Kevin Mitchell, Senate Vice-Chair and PROC Co-Chair, Spring 2024, School of Natural Sciences

    • Professor Mitchell served as CAPRA Chair and UCPB Representative in Fall 2023

  • Jayson Beaster-Jones, FWAF Chair, UCFW Representative, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

  • Sarah Depaoli, COC Chair, UCOC Representative, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts­­­­­

  • Charlie Eaton, AFAC Chair, BOARS Representative, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

  • Kara McCloskeyCAPRA Interim Chair, UCPB Representative, Spring 2024, School of Engineering

  • Marcos Garcia-Ojeda, EDI Chair, UCAADE Representative, School of Natural Sciences

  • Shilpa Khatri, At-Large (year 2 of 2-year term), School of Natural Sciences

  • Sean Malloy, CAP Chair, UCAP Representative, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts

  • TBD, At-Large (1 year)

  • Muey Saeteurn, At-Large (2 years), School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts 

  • Michael Scheibner, GC Chair, CCGA Representative, School of Natural Sciences

  • Christopher Viney**, UGC Chair, UCEP Representative Spring 2024CRE Chair & Secretary/Parliamentarian, School of Engineering

  • Tao Ye, COR Chair, UCORP Representative, School of Natural Sciences


*Professor Patricia LiWang, School of Natural Sciences, served as the Senate Chair and Academic Council Representative in Fall 2023.

*Professor Heather Bortfeld, School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, served as the UGC Chair, UCOPE Representative, and UCEP Representative in Fall 2023.

**Professor Christopher Viney is currently the Chair of the Committee on Rules and Elections, and serves as Secretary/Parliamentarian for the Merced Division. He will continue in those roles for the remainder of AY23/24. In that capacity, he is a non-voting member of DivCo. Professor Viney’s appointment as UGC Chair for Spring/Summer 2024 is an emergency short-term response to a vacancy created by the UGC Chair’s appointment as Interim Dean of SSHA. As UGC Chair, Professor Viney would acquire voting rights on DivCo.

*Professor Michael Findlater, School of Natural Sciences, served as the CAPRA Chair and UCPB Representative in Fall 2023. 

Corresponding System Committee:

Systemwide Representatives:

Annual Reports

Fatima Paul

Executive Director

Phone: 209-756-6965