Outstanding Retiree

The UCDRA honors members with outstanding service to the association, additional community service, contributions to UC Davis during employment, and "innovative problem-solving and advocacy activity of benefit to UC Davis retirees."

2018: Janet C. Hamilton

2018 Outstanding RetireeLong-time staff advocate Janet C. Hamilton has been named UC Davis’ 2018 Outstanding Retiree.

Former vice chancellor for administration from 1991 until her retirement in 2003, Janet has continuously worked to support the interests of staff, both current and retired. 

The training classroom in the Hubert Heitman Jr. Staff Learning Center bears her name in recognition of her strong commitment to staff development.

Janet will soon begin her sixth term on the UC Davis Retirees’ Association Executive Board, serving as past president. Long a member of the UCDRA, she first joined the board as vice president in 2013 to “participate in the commitment to advocate for quality retiree benefits” and to foster the continued engagement of retirees in campus life.

The relationship between retired staff and emeriti volunteers “is just as collaborative and supportive as the relationship between faculty and staff during my time as an employee,” Janet said. “This makes work here very rewarding and fruitful. Our voices are heard and respected at the Office of the Chancellor and Provost, the Office of the President and by the other retiree associations across the UC community.”

During her nearly 30-year career at UC Davis, she was active regionally and nationally in professional organizations that worked to improve the legislative and regulatory climate for universities and to provide quality professional development opportunities for staff working in and toward middle and executive management roles. “My greatest joy was in working with the folks at UC Davis and trying to make a positive difference in the world in which they worked.”

Immediately following retirement, Janet served as a team member for the Northwest Association for Accreditation of Higher Education in reviewing several major higher education institutions, including the University of Washington, the University of Minnesota and Brigham Young University.

In recognition of her 2018 Outstanding Retiree honor, Janet and her husband, Frank, rode in a horse-drawn carriage in the Picnic Day Parade. Picnic Day 2018—the campus’s 104th—fell on April 21 and featured the theme “Where the Sun Shines.” Congratulations, Janet, and thank you for your service.

Past Recipients

  • Year
  • Winner
  • 2014
  • Ted Hillyer
  • 2014
  • Ted Hillyer
  • 2013
  • Deanna Falge Pritchard and Bill Pritchard and Sandy Filby
  • 2012
  • Bob Halferty and Barbara Nichols<
  • 2011
  • Ed and Aggie Costantini and Norma Rice
  • 2010
  • Hal and Rosie Cushing
  • 2009
  • Lorena Herrig