Friday, January 25, 2013

If Dick Blum, the big macher UC regent who pushed Yudof's appointment through the board, did know and didn't tell Yudof, he has a lot to apologize for."

Peter Schrag on Yudof at the SacBee

When Yudof was hired, Blum, who'd been dealing with the administrative mess as chairman of the board, sounded like the relieved father in an Italian opera who'd just married off his ugly daughter.

The administrative swamp has been drained. But Yudof has never escaped the effects of the fiscal mess – including a cut of some $900 million in state funding since he came. And they don't erect monuments to people who just preserve the status quo.

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All told, the UC is in far better shape now than when he came. But it's unlikely that it can ever again exercise the kind of influence, both in this country and abroad, that it did in its glory days under Clark Kerr in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Yudof had been thinking about retirement well before he made his announcement last week. But it's hard to imagine that Gov. Jerry Brown's muscle flexing at recent meetings of the regents – even his pointed reminder that he is the legally designated board president – did anything to encourage Yudof to stay.

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All told, the UC is in far better shape now than when he came. But it's unlikely that it can ever again exercise the kind of influence, both in this country and abroad, that it did in its glory days under Clark Kerr in the 1950s and 1960s.

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But no president can accept a major de-emphasis of research, which would immediately diminish UC's status. For any UC president today, the future can't look as bright as the past.


read the full viewpoint.
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and, Remaking The University on Privatization Hits the Wall


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