May 26, 2022

Appointment of Sherry Main as Vice Chancellor, SCPA

I am delighted to announce the appointment of Sherry L. K. Main as vice chancellor for strategic communications & public affairs, effective June 1. She has been serving as interim vice chancellor since February.

Sherry will oversee all university communications functions, including marketing, advertising, executive and digital communication, media relations, and community and government relations. She will provide strategic counsel to campus leadership and lead cross-campus collaboration among academic units in support of elevating executive thought leadership, strengthening internal communications and issues management, and enhancing UCI’s reputation in the community.

Sherry started her UCI career in 2001 as a senior writer in the Office of Admissions & Relations with Schools. She later served as communication director for the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Sciences and as UCI’s director of creative & digital strategies and brand strategies. In 2015, she moved to UC Santa Cruz to become its chief communications and marketing officer. She returned to UCI in 2019 to serve as associate vice chancellor for public affairs, where she led operations for the Office of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs, and initiated and oversaw the expansion of an external relations effort for UCI Health Affairs through its current growth phase.

I am grateful to the search committee and its chair, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Paula Smith, for their hard work in leading a national search and identifying the best candidate.

The high level of campus support and enthusiasm for Sherry’s leadership is a testament to her outstanding work over the past three years. She has the experience, energy, and vision to elevate campus strategic communications and public engagement to a new level, and I am looking forward to all the contributions she will make to our wonderful community.

Please join me in congratulating Sherry on her new position.

Chancellor Howard Gillman