History – Leaders of Excellence and Distinction (LEAD)

For many years, our campus had a dynamic workgroup known as Senior Administrative Managers (SAM). Members met quarterly to discuss campus administrative processes, make recommendations to campus administrators, and partner with units to sponsor professional training and development activities campus-wide. This group also hosted forums with topic-based speakers and trainers. While the group completed many significant milestones, participation diminished overtime. However, several SAM members recognized the value brought by the group and were committed to re-establishing the group in support of current and future leaders at UCR.

The group was eventually reconstituted as LEAD under the previous Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services. LEAD maintains a strong focus on professional development for campus staff, partnering closely with Office of Employee and Organizational Development within Human Resources in the development and delivery of courses such as Collaborative Leadership and change management. LEAD also collaborates with other staff development groups campus such as Staff Assembly and Academic Management Professionals. 

Today all non-represented employees at UCR are members of LEAD, however, ALL Staff on campus will be able to benefit from the partnerships with administrative and financial units across camps through hands-on training, and personal / professional development, and systems improvements that are coordinated by the LEAD Executive Board.

It is our hope that you will continue to visit this site for upcoming trainings, best practices to navigate different systems, and tips to grow professionally at UCR. If you would like to contact a board member with a question, to suggest a training, or to learn more about how to be involved with LEAD please contact us at