School of Business Names Executive Fellows

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Beverly Bailey (left) and Candace Wiest will serve as Executive Fellows in the School of Business for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The School of Business has named Beverly Bailey and Candace Wiest as its Executive Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The Executive Fellows Program aims to connect distinguished business leaders with students and faculty to enrich the learning experience. Fellows serve a one-year term, during which they give guest lectures and consult with faculty and students.

Bailey is the president and CEO of Stronghold Engineering, a Riverside-based international design and construction company.­­­­­­­­­­­­ ­­­­­­­­­­­­Bailey founded the firm 25 years ago, and it is ranked in the top ten minority/women-owned construction companies in the nation. Bailey’s success has gained her awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Inland Empire in 2000 and the National Association of Women Business Owners 2016 Enterprising Woman of the Year.

Wiest is the president and CEO of West Valley Bancorp Inc. and West Valley National Bank. Formerly, Wiest was the president of Inland Empire National Bank in Riverside, and she has served twice as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She is the first woman to be elected as a Class A director in the bank’s 100-year history.

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Professor Wins Plant Biology Award

Julia Bailey-Serres standing in front of flowers

Julia Bailey-Serres, a distinguished professor of genetics at UC Riverside.

Julia Bailey-Serres, a distinguished professor of genetics, has been awarded the Stephen Hales Prize for 2017 from the American Society of Plant Biologists. She will receive the award at the ASPB Plant Biology conference in Hawaii in June.

Bailey-Serres’ research group studies the sensing, signaling and acclimation responses to low oxygen stress in plants. Her multidisciplinary approach combines genetic, molecular, biochemical and bioinformatic technologies and has significant implications for agricultural and global food challenges.

She played a key role in the discovery and characterization of a gene that allows rice to survive underwater. That gene has subsequently been introduced through breeding by the International Rice Research Institute and others, creating flood-tolerant rice varieties that are grown by more than five million farmers in flood-prone areas of Asia.

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