About Us

Michael Reese

 Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services Michael Reese joined UC Merced in July 2013 as interim vice chancellor and was appointed vice chancellor in March 2014.

The division is undergoing a reorganization and revitalization plan to better align divisional services in order to meet the campus’s  goals for the 2020 Project.


The division’s new initiatives included:

  • Creating the Administrative Coordination Team, which is the division’s functional and transactional hub
  • Business and Financial Strategic Initiatives provide project management and organizational consulting services
  • A new business model for Human Resources that aligns business partners with campus customers and centers of expertise to provide transparent services to the university

Business and Administrative Services will continue to look for efficiencies across the campus to align ourselves for the 2020 Project and beyond. Regular updates about the division will be provided at campus town hall meetings and in webchats throughout the year.

Contact Information:

Michael Reese
Vice Chancellor
(209) 228 - 4430

Sonia Johnston
Chief of Staff
(209) 228 - 4412 sjohnston@ucmerced.edu

Bernadette Mello
Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
(209) 228 - 4430 vcadmin@ucmerced.edu

Jackie Hernandez
Executive Support Staff Manager
(209) 228 - 4764 jhernandez328@ucmerced.edu