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Kathy Miner retires after nearly four decades of service to UC Davis

Kathy Miner retired after bringing her best self to work everyday for close to 40 years here at UC Davis. She started in October 1980 working for the Department of Economics and shepherded department operations through some very lean times, including the budget cuts during the Great Recession and the emergency campus closure in Spring 2020.

Due to her expert management and strong, compassionate leadership, Kathy was continuously promoted and eventually managed the entire Blue Cluster, serving as the Chief Administrative Officer for not only Economics, but also History, Military Science, Jewish Studies, East Asian Studies and The Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.

Due to the public health crisis, the Economics Department could not have an in-person retirement party for Kathy, but created a video montage by faculty and staff, and had a mini-parade of cars past her house to celebrate her.

Kathy had some parting words of advice for the Economics community, which also capture the spirit of professionalism and constructive engagement she brought to every meeting and interaction:

Remember always to be patient with each other – not angry. Show guidance instead of annoyance. Show understanding instead of intolerance. I have always valued bringing my best self to work for all of you. I now ask you to keep my legacy moving forward. To end with one of my most valued quotes: “In a world where you can be anything – Be Kind.”