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Award Recognizes Chief Operating Officer
in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Ioana Patringenaru | April 16, 2007

Jan Cox, the chief operating officer of the department of electrical and computer engineering, has been named the recipient of the 2007 Betsy Faught Award.  The award recognizes excellence and outstanding achievement in the management of general campus academic units and honors the memory of Betsy Faught, a department manager who adeptly and skillfully managed an academic program at UCSD for more than 20 years.  The award recipient is selected by a group of peers based on nominations from within the Academic Affairs units.  Cox will be honored by the Academic Business Administrators at a special recognition ceremony on April 5.

Jan Cox
Jan Cox

Cox’s service to the UCSD campus began over 30 years ago as a secretary in the department of medicine.  She remained in the School of Medicine for 14 years.  In 1990, Academic Affairs recruited Cox into the business officer position in the department of computer science and engineering, where she remained for over 10 years, overseeing a period of extraordinary growth. In early 2001 Cox took the reigns as business officer for ECE, the largest department in the Jacobs School of Engineering.

In nominating her for the Betsy Faught award, ECE Chair Paul Yu cited the following qualities and accomplishments that have marked Cox’s tenure as business officer: anticipating the needs of the department, improved staff-faculty relations, effective management of the department’s budget and staff and strong support and participation in facilitating the process of faculty recruitment. Yu further stated that “Jan’s unselfish and open style of management has won her faculty and staff support within ECE. Many staff members have realized, only after the fact, the very hard work that she had done on their behalf.”

Cox’s contributions to UCSD extend beyond the departments in which she has been employed.  She has long been an active member of the Academic Business Administrators group and has served on many of the group’s committees.  Additional campus service includes the Sharecase planning committee, Business Process Team and numerous human resources advisory committees and groups. Among her fellow business officers Cox has earned a reputation as one of the experts in the human resources area. Her peers, both new and experienced, often call on her for advice and guidance when questions arise. As a veteran business officer in Academic Affairs, Cox generously shares her experience and knowledge with UC's future leaders, currently serving as a committee member for the Academic Affairs' Business Officer Academy, an innovative staff development program that provides training, guidance and support to staff who aspire to become business officers.

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