Administrative Operations and Planning (Ops) is the central coordinating point for the Office of Research (OR). Having similar functionality to an academic school’s dean’s office, it is responsible for all business and financial operations of the entire Office of Research (OR) organization. This includes fiduciary responsibility for the coordinating point’s budget and assigned square footage of space across the campus and at the University Research Park. OR consists of 5 units that are internal to the organization. These units are the Vice Chancellor’s Office & Administrative Operations, Research Administration, Research Development, Technology Alliances, and University Laboratory Animals Resources (ULAR). In addition, Ops oversees the administration and business functions of units that are considered external as they have an affiliation with academic schools on campus. These units are multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research units (Organized Research-18, Special Research Programs-7, Multi-campus Research Programs-2, and Natural Reserve Systems (NRS)-3) that report to the Vice Chancellor for Research.
The business functions that Ops is responsible for incorporate strategic planning, long range and short term planning, management, oversight and administrative support at both a micro and macro level in the areas of financial management, budgeting, business processes, human resources, academic personnel, procurement services, space and facilities management for all units under the jurisdiction of OR.
Sinqui Musto is currently the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administrative Operations and Planning in the Office of Research at the University of California, Irvine. In this role, she has fiduciary responsibility for all aspects of the business and financial operations in addition to human resources and academic personnel functions for all internal units, and inter-disciplinary and multidisciplinary research units that report to the Office of Research Coordinating Point. She provides expertise for interpreting university and agency policies that apply to business operations in higher education in a research environment. She is responsible for implementing standards and controls and maintaining effective business practices that are audit compliant across the coordinating point.
Prior to joining the Office of Research in 1985, Sinqui worked in the Department of Pathology, School of Medicine at UC, Irvine.
Sinqui earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communications from Cal State Fullerton and her Master of Arts degree in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach.
Lucinda Wong brings to the Office of Research many years of experience in the public sector. She has worked in all capacities of fund development, including writing and submitting local and federal grant proposals. As a project manager for non-profit organizations, Lucinda has taken many projects from inception to successful completion. Lucinda is honored to have received training fellowships from California Tomorrow and WGBH-Boston. Her background includes writing and producing radio programs for public radio both in California and on the national level.