Jerry Roberts, former editor of the Santa Barbara News-Press, who since early 2007 has been the Publications Director at UCSB, is leaving that position. His last day on campus will be September 23rd.
Although he is departing for what by all accounts sounds like a semi-retirement, he will continue to work with the staff of the school's newspaper, the Daily Nexus, through a series of journalism workshops he is putting together with the paper's editor in chief, Elliott Rosenfeld.
He'll also continue to write about California politics for his blog Calbuzz as well as his weekly print column for the Santa Barbara Independent.
Roberts also has family matters to attend to including spending more time with his grand kids Brooklyn age 5 and Benson, who was born in July, as well as the upcoming weddings of two of his daughters.
So how does he feel about leaving UCSB? He told me, via e-mail, that, "I've loved my time at UCSB and getting to know a bunch of really, really smart, decent and hard-working folks here."
Jerry's co-workers are giving him a big send off later this month at a shindig at the Mosher Alumni Hall on the UCSB campus.
Of course, as most of us know, Jerry got a big send off when he resigned from the News-Press in July of 2006. But I'm sure this one will be much more festive.
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