Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Napolitano interview on...

"The University of California has undergone some major changes in leadership this summer: In early August, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi left her post after an investigation into the university’s misuse of public funds. A week later, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks resigned amid controversy over how the campus responded to sexual harassment cases. In this hour of Forum, UC president Janet Napolitano joins us to discuss the recent leadership shake up, the state of the UC system and what’s she’s learned after three years on the job."
It runs 51:00 minutes

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Mystery pulled Op Ed, mystery signed petition no one sees, mysterious mention of Breslauer and Birgeneau in the coverage then not in the coverage...

"Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ resignation no great mystery"

By Mara Loveman is the campus chair of sociology and Eric Schickler is the campus chair of political science.

"In some of the news coverage of the resignation of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, including an op-ed mistakenly published in The Daily Californian, it has been suggested that a “self-appointed,” secret group of faculty banded together over the summer to force Dirks to resign. Campus professor Judith Butler has been the most vocal proponent of this view, expressing particular concern — including in aninterview with the Los Angeles Times — that the resignation occurred without the opportunity for a full and open UC Berkeley Academic Senate debate about Dirks’ status."

And also includes:

"The petition requesting a special meeting of the Academic Senate to discuss a “no confidence” resolution, signed by 47 senate faculty across 11 academic divisions, colleges and schools on campus, was officially sent to the Senate chair on the afternoon of Aug. 16, before Dirks’ announcement that he would step down. The only reason the names of the signatories were not published is because after the news of Dirks’ resignation came, we asked to withdraw the petition. The signatories to the petition were consulted, and the majority agreed that it would be both unproductive and unkind to call a Senate meeting to discuss and vote on a “no confidence” resolution in a chancellor who had already announced his resignation. 

We have openly described our participation in the process of coordinating the special meeting petition on a faculty LISTSERV and in direct emails to colleagues. Nonetheless, the speculation that a small cabal of faculty worked secretly over the summer to somehow force the chancellor to resign continues to be raised in the media. By presenting this information about the process we followed in The Daily Californian, we hope to help dispel such rumors for the benefit of the broader campus community."
And includes:
"Editor’s note: The op-ed mentioned in this piece was mistakenly published in the Aug. 22 print edition of The Daily Californian after a miscommunication between its author and an editor. It also was published online and subsequently removed."

They point to a section of  this version of an LATimes article::

However, Judith Butler, a professor of comparative literature, expressed concern that maneuvers like the petition occurred among a small group without open discussion by the full faculty. “The real question is who was this small group working in the summer and do they really represent the faculty?” she asked. “I’m not convinced.”

She declined, however, to give an assessment of Dirks’ effectiveness.

Former Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau called the news of Dirks’ resignation “a sad day for Berkeley."


In case anyone is forgetful... This is the way a section at LAT read when the news of Dirks resignation broke:

Dirks to resign after tumultuous tenure as chancellor
Breaking News
LA Times

"In recent weeks, however, pressure for him to resign escalated in a campaign led by previous Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and his then-Provost George Breslauer, two UC sources confirmed."
"One cause of the deficit, Dirks said at the time, was the campus’ extensive construction program — much of which took place under Birgeneau, the sources said.

“It really came to a head with a lot of people in leadership positions in the past, especially the old chancellor and his provost and others who were not happy the new administration was pointing out problems about decisions made by them,” one of the sources said.
Birgeneau denied that he pushed for the resignation or was irked by Dirks' budget deficit presentations. He said he has been focused on his undergraduate teaching, research and other campus endeavors.
"Chancellor Dirks never discussed with me the possibility that he might choose to resign," Birgeneau said in an email. "It is a sad day for Berkeley."

Breslauer was not immediately available for comment.


Another op ed in Daily Cal:

Cal Admin Communications, Policies Breakdowns

By Professors Wendy Brown, Michael Burawoy, Celeste Langan, Colleen Lye, James Vernon and Dick Walker are current and former chairs of the Berkeley Faculty Association.



At the meeting, Dirks explained that he hadn’t been aware of UC Berkeley’s budgetary woes when plans for the campus originally started — an administrative communication problem that is concerning in and of itself. Even if Dirks’ ignorance is to believed, fiscal shortfalls became mainstream news back in February, yet he still waited eight months before pulling the plug on the $3 billion project.

A mix of things- UC comes up in...

Corporate Universities are Shocked to Learn They have Graduate Student Employees

Also there a link to: More on the Hypocrisy of the University of Chicago Administration
Listen to the Regents Health Committee Meeting of August 11, 2016
"At this meeting, the highlight was discussion of whether the various UC medical centers should be operated independently or as a "system." Exactly, what operating as a system was not clear, but it seems to involve having particular centers specialize in particular procedures. It was not clear what such a system would mean in practice: Would patients be shipped from one center to another? Is that practical? Even the distance between say, UCLA and Irvine, is not negligible. There was also concern that faculty in the centers were not being consulted. Before this idea goes further, the Academic Senates at the various campuses involved may want to inject themselves into the discussion - invited or not."


And lots of various other recent items on UC:

Just in case anyone forgot, or...:

"What You Need to Know About the Past 7 Days
"Exeunt Chancellors
Have you been thinking lately that your reputation could be shinier than it is? That you’d like speaking engagements with fewer Rotarians and more pizzazz? Have you been wondering about bringing on a hired-gun PR firm? Well, don’t — not if you’re a college president and you want to remain one.

That appears to be one lesson from the University of California system, which in August saw two chancellors resign in quick succession.

The first resignation — that of Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor at the Davis campus since 2009 — ended a prolonged controversy that began after campus police officers used pepper spray on students during a 2011 protest. The controversy was fueled partly by the university’s having hired public-relations firms to spruce up its online reputation, along with Ms. Katehi’s, in the aftermath of the pepper-spray incident, and also by what an investigator suggested was Ms. Katehi’s dissembling when asked about her involvement in the PR effort. The university system’s president, Janet A. Napolitano, placed Ms. Katehi on leave in April, so her decision to return to the faculty was not entirely unexpected.

But the second resignation was a surprise — that of Nicholas B. Dirks, chancellor at Berkeley for the past three years, who will also return to teaching after his replacement is found. Mr. Dirks had faced several challenges as chancellor, among them a $150-million budget shortfall, accusations that the university had not responded forcefully enough to sexual-harassment charges against professors, and complaints about a $700,000 fence built to protect the chancellor’s campus residence. The day after his resignation was announced, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the university had spent $200,000 on consultants to promote Mr. Dirks as a "key thought leader" and book him for events like TED talks and the World Economic Forum in Switzerland."


Search for new UC Davis chancellor is on
"The Daily Californian referenced a letter that had been sent to representative leaders in the UC system about Cal’s chancellor search. The Enterprise requested a copy of a letter relating to UCD’s chancellor search but was told by UC Office of the President spokesman Steve Montiel, “We’re not providing that letter. I can tell you that we’re moving quickly, and in a way that ensures a robust and consultative process.”"


Nation’s First State-Funded Firearm Violence Research Center to Be Established at UC Davis’s-first-state-funded-firearm-violence-research-center-be-established-uc-davis

"UC Davis will take the lead in developing a comprehensive, multicampus plan for the new center, which will be submitted to the Office of the President for approval by Oct. 15. The plan will propose and prioritize initial research projects, develop a timeline for accepting applications for small grants, outline efforts to increase philanthropic support to sustain the research, and define an annual operating budget and structure for reporting activities and accomplishments."


Harry Edwards Cuts Texas Ties Over Campus Carry



This mentions some ' familiar to UC' folks:

The Big Corporate Money Behind Jerry Brown


The Great Mistake

How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them

Christopher Newfield

Sunday, August 28, 2016


Richmond: Residents stunned by Cal's cancellation of Global Campus project


CA 's big growing achievement gap...

Disaggregated data in depth:


Economic divide between schools shortchanges our kid

That committee, that letter...more.

College Pushes Back Vs. Political Correctness

U. of Chicago Professor Geoffrey Stone explains the letter sent to students asserting academic freedom takes precedence over safe spaces & trigger warnings


Spike expected in sexual misconduct complaints after increased campus resources, visibility

"To be frank, many conservatives have long opposed Title IX as federal meddling akin to a quota system. Perhaps it was, or perhaps it was a necessary corrective measure to overcome long-standing prejudice that women weren’t interested in sports or weren’t naturally athletic. In any case, it’s long past the time to recognize that Title IX has been a stunning success — far beyond what anyone might have imagined in 1972, in an arena (and pools, gyms and fields) no one had in mind."


Golden Bears bring home 21 medals from Rio


Friday, August 26, 2016

Universities and The Public Good?

Dirks announces indefinite suspension of Berkeley Global Campus plans


UC Berkeley Global Campus suspended due to lack of funds
"Dirks also promised that Berkeley would look at other options for a development, such as inviting an anchor tenant like Google to the site, "

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Fringe events  
Brand U: How colleges, universities and academe shape their images
A symposium with practical workshops for senior professionals in higher education. A separate registration is required for this event.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"The public University of California’s various endowments total about $16 billion. That seems like a lot, too. But that funding serves 10 campuses with 238,000 students, an average of about $67,000 per student. By contrast, Princeton’s endowment per student is about $2.8 million."

Wa Po thinks there is a pace being kept, they went to UCOP for answers:
"How the University of California and other public schools use reserve funds to keep pace"

Fable, fairy tale references. Dialogue, solutions?


Campus budget issue prompts concern from EECS faculty, students over enrollment

"We haven’t even substantiated the fact that there are a significant number of EECS students who can’t get seats,” Mogulof said. He added in an email that Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ wrote an email in response to Rao saying that the financial documents he appeared to be relying on did not paint a “full or adequate picture” of university finance and funding practices.

In addition, in her response to Rao’s email, Christ promised to provide more detailed information about the allocation of TAS funding within a few days but implied that available funds for this semester have been already been allocated.

“As I said to you in our very first email exchange, unlike Rumpelstiltskin, none of us can make gold from straw,” Christ said in her response email.


A previous version of this article stated that campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said waitlisted-class issues are not as severe as some argue. In fact, he said the waitlisting is a complicated issue.

The same article also stated Mogulof said in an email that electrical engineering and computer sciences professor Satish Rao lacked a full picture of UC finance and funding practices. In fact, Mogulof said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ had written in an email that the financial documents Rao appeared to be relying on did not paint the full picture"


Dirks’ New Student Convocation speech praises community, omits campus controversies

"But some new students were disappointed that Dirks did not take the opportunity to open up conversations about some of the serious issues UC Berkeley will face this year such as addressing the multimillion dollar annual budget deficit or sexual harassment cases.

Sofia Guo, an incoming freshman who was at the convocation, said that while she has heard about the campus controversies and Dirks’ plan to resign, she wished she could learn more from the campus administration’s perspective.

“I thought it was kind of expected (that) he didn’t talk about any issues up front,” Guo said. “But I think as a good chancellor or honest chancellor … it would have been a great platform as a first impression, and he was very vague."

The speech was guided by what Dirks believed was appropriate for the occasion, campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said in an email, adding that it was meaningful for new students and was in line with “the needs and interests of the campus he serves.

While her respect for UC Berkeley remains unchanged, incoming freshman Katherine Yen said Dirks’ omission does not bode well for a chancellor who had once touted himself as a man of the students just three years ago,

“As he was speaking, there was this voice in my head going, ‘Yeah, but you’re not mentioning all the problems that we are facing,’ ” Yen said. “He definitely could have done a better job there, since the student body knows — we’re an informed group of students."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

At UC Berkeley "The full debate between privatization and its costs never happened. "

Rebenching is not Berkeley's problem. So if the public system isn't sinking Berkeley, what is?

That would be a combination of public cuts, already mentioned, new costs incurred by campuses, and new costs that UCOP or the state has pushed onto the campuses in recent years. The new costs that UC campuses haven’t incurred themselves include:
  • Normal cost inflation.  VC Wilton estimated this as historically 3-4% per year, meaning the UCOP “deal” on state increases  (4% per year for a few years) is essentially a zero gain.
  • Capital projects.  The state has largely withdrawn from campus development.   
  • Pension contributions (up from zero to 14% of payroll since 2010).
  • Increased employer health care costs, including retiree health care.
  • Central administration, aka UCOP,  which is now funded via campus taxes to the tune of something close to 15% of state funding.
  • Subsidies for UCSF (a $130 million premium in enrollment-based allocations (Appendix A row J * row M)
There are also campus-based structural costs, particularly the practice of covering a large share of research costs (19% at Berkeley) with institutional funds. 


This is in large part because of the managerial decisionism I won't discuss here, and also because, as Jacques Lacan would have expected, denial was an important part of the disclosure.  Wilton Part 1 disclosed budget strategy failure.  Wilton Part 2hid it in plain sight.  While former Chancellor Robert Birgeneau was a true believer who could effortlessly suture the contradiction, Chancellor Dirks was perhaps unsettled by the double message that UC Berkeley’s administration has been broadcasting for a decade: we must privatize; we are more public than ever. Were this so, he would naturally seem indecisive, as though he “embrace[d] ambiguity.”   In fact, privatization is ambiguous.  It wants private money, especially high net tuition, and to keep its public subsidies, and to keep its public-mission image. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Rooms with Views at Cal...

UC Berkeley's Bowles Hall 'castle' reopens as select dorm, for $19,000 a year


African-American resource center becomes reality at UC Berkeley this fall

Napolitano on Adjuncts, Students, Katehi

Women in leadership and job possibilities with HRC:

Janet Napolitano: Risk, Resolve, and Running a Major University System

DeRuy: One of the criticisms of higher education is that women so often occupy adjunct positions that pay little and don’t lead to tenure and, importantly, aren’t a pipeline to leadership positions like yours at universities. Is that something you’re focused on at all or think needs to change?
Napolitano: I think in higher education today, there’s a growing use of what we would call “non-ladder-rank faculty,” so ladder rank are tenure-track and non-ladder rank are adjuncts, or they come with different labels. All can be very valuable to the student experience. We haven’t focused on that [trend] intensely in that way. What we have focused on is how do we diversify the faculty both with respect to women, particularly in some disciplines, and with respect to underrepresented minorities. And that’s a really tough issue. You look at colleges of engineering and there aren’t a lot of women on faculties. That’s one of the clearer examples. And so how do we make sure, when we’re searching for ladder-rank faculty, that we are being as inclusive as we can and that the search process is not infected with implicit bias and we end up with the most diverse faculty we can.


DeRuy: When you talk to different generations, you often hear different things from women of different ages about leadership. As someone who spends a lot of time interacting with young people, is there anything that has struck you about young women and their views of leadership?
Napolitano: What I’ve seen this last year amongst students is cynicism about politics and government in general. I think the toxicity of the presidential campaign has contributed to that a lot, and a sense among students of they want to do big important things and they don’t equate that with getting into government or public service or actual electoral politics … I hope it’s something that ameliorates over time because you need good people in these really key jobs in government or university leadership or wherever.


DeRuy: In the last several months, with the chancellor of UC Davis, you felt, and many people felt, that some of what she’d done was not appropriate and that stepping down was the correct thing to do, but was the fact that she was one of not many women in that leadership position and…
Napolitano: And an engineer
DeRuy: Yes, and with her gone, there’s one less woman in a leadership role where there weren’t many to begin with. Did that influence your thinking on the issue?
Napolitano: Not in that way, but it is regrettable because you’re exactly right to point out that she was one of a small number. But in that particular instance, it was questions of misjudgment and candor, and she was held accountable for that and so I don’t think gender had anything to do with those issues.
DeRuy: If Hillary Clinton is elected, she’s committed to a cabinet with at least 50 percent women. If she happens to call, would you be interested in returning to Washington and in what capacity?
Napolitano: Look, I get asked that question a lot. I’m glad for her commitment, you know, I just prefer not to answer questions on the “what if?” She needs to get elected, and I’m pretty committed to the University of California.


At Sac Bee they have this post:

That highlights this video:

Monday, August 22, 2016

On Dirks: Which year is counted as the transition year?

Matier and Ross had this:

If University of California President Janet Napolitano is feeling any ill effects from the twin resignations of high-profile university chancellors accused of mismanagement, she didn’t show it when we spoke with her the oth

“We don’t sit around saying, ‘Woe is me,’” Napolitano said of UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ announcement Tuesday that he was stepping down in the face of mounting faculty opposition to his leadership style

In the meantime, Napolitano said she’s moving to get a new chancellor in place ASAP. That includes forming a search committee and hiring a headhunting firm

“Our goal is to request the regents approve the new chancellor by their March meeting,” she said

Unlike the exit of UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, which had been brewing for months, Dirks’ resignation after three years on the job caught even his critics off guard, even though there had been a growing drumbeat of faculty unrest, budgetary woes and embarrassing news about Cal’s handling of sexual harassment claims against high-profile professors

There is also a UC investigation involving a Cal personal trainer who provided free services to the chancellor and his wife, plus questions about the building of a $700,000 security fence around the chancellor’s campus residence and contracting with a former Hillary Clinton staffer to spiff up Dirks’ imag

Dirks called Napolitano on Monday, agreeing he would stay on through the academic year while she conducts a search for his replacem

“In the end, it was Nick’s decision” to step down, she sai

Some faculty members who had been pushing for a “no confidence” vote on Dirks are still debating whether to call publicly for him to leave sooner, something Napolitano said is both “unnecessary

“I don’t see any value in playing musical chairs,” the former Arizona governor and federal Homeland Security ch


SFist point

Regardless of the outcome, Dirks, for his part, will likely remain comfortable with his $532,000 salary behind his $700,000 fence while everyone else fights it out.


Daily Cal has this news:

"Despite several major campus leadership position not yet permanently filled, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced in a campuswide email Monday that the administration will not begin filling in these positions — those decisions will be left up to

Recall UC paid former president Mark Yudof $546,000 in the year after he resigned | The Sacrame

And, UC Davis' Katehi gets $424,360 'parachute' common for university presidents | The Sacramento Bee

So, which year will be counted as Dirks transition year?


Or 2017-18?

And how can Napolitano talk about "no musical chairs" when she does not have the findings looking into Dirks matters yet? Or, has she already received the report?
Does that review maintain its objectivity if those folks working on it and looking into it also see articles where Napolitano has  made a no musical chairs negotiation with Dirks already?


Finally, there is this op ed from Cal faculty in Daily Cal

Campus must change from top down

"While UCLA remains relatively scandal free"...

"The collapse of the Office of Strategic Initiatives last semester, the office Dirks set up to tackle the budget deficit, forebodes a bleak future for UC Berkeley’s finances without pragmatic, proactive leadership. Dirks has the opportunity to finally start fresh in laying the groundwork for budgetary solutions that include significant faculty, staff and student input — something the campus community has persistently requested.
Additionally, Dirks should prioritize greater transparency in the campus’s handling of sexual harassment scandals. Recently, the campus announced it was investing $2.5 million in its work to combat a culture of sexual harassment. Yet the details — where exactly the money is going and why the project should make the community feel safer — have been scant.
More than anybody, Dirks should understand the difficulties of taking over a campus from an unpopular, ineffective predecessor. And while his fundraising legacy is impressive, a chancellor can’t fundraise his way back to a good reputation. His remaining months at his post should be spent ensuring that whoever takes the position after him is set up for success in all aspects of the chancellor’s job."

"A lack of communication between students and different administrators who are more familiar with and immediately responsible for specific issues keeps students behind red tape. One of the few opportunities for students to be heard on campus is Block’s office hour, which gives six students 15 minutes each to speak with the chancellor every quarter. The limited time and scope of this hour speaks to how limited students’ interaction with the university’s decision-makers is.
Office hours with vice chancellors or associate vice chancellors in charge of different issues could help the relationship between students and the administration at large. While Katehi and Dirks were ultimately responsible for outrage at Davis and Berkeley, the decisions that led to their decline were supported by others in their administration.
Katehi’s and Dirks’ resignations show that students have the power to shape the administration. While UCLA remains relatively scandal-free, it may help if the next time students knock on an administrator’s door, someone answers."

--a reminder the UC Regents meet at UCLA in a few short weeks...
September 14-15 - UCLA

Sunday, August 21, 2016

There's a campaign- but maybe more than just one

Campaigns to oust might be driven by multiple and conflicting interests and where does athletics figure in?:

Many on UC Berkeley faculty don’t want leader to linger

Remember as you read that- SF Chronicle started the summer with articles on Dirks and Cal Athletics football issues,

Critics question Cal’s probe into football coach’s actions

followed by drum beats(?)   from other columns there about the Chancellor housing renovations, staff issues, travel questions...

And then check out this post:

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks resigns: What it means for Cal athletics

--As you read  some of these articles...
The strangest thing, : some UC  folks seem to think the UCOP initiated  investigation can just be brought to a halt or quietly reported internally,  handled somehow going forward with a Cal interim  leadership--as though UC still has not learned from that type of handling  "looking bad" in recent and older Title IX and Whistleblower cases-- surreal.
It would seem there has to be reporting of the findings just as in Katehi, right?

Food, consulting, tuition and fees merry go round:

UC Davis Battles Hunger On Campus


Campus spends $270,000 to create ‘strategic profile’ for Dirks


Students, activists protest UC Berkeley cancel for nonpayment policy

Friday, August 19, 2016

"a good time to get a better understanding of why prominent universities are allocating millions of dollars to sell themselves"

Watchdog group sues to force UC Davis to turn over public records

Read more here:

"The complaint by U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit group “pursuing truth and transparency in America’s food system,” according to its website, alleges that UC Davis staff members haven’t fulfilled its California Public Records Act requests, some sent as long as 18 months ago."


Read more here:

"UC Davis has also been slow to respond to Public Records Act requests from The Sacramento Bee, with university officials blaming a long backlog. The Bee has more than 10 requests pending with UC Davis, including one sent nearly six months ago. The Bee has been investigating a number of allegations against former UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.
In June, UC officials said they would delay releasing public records involving Katehi because they did not want to interfere with witness interviews being conducted as part of an official probe of Katehi.
Katehi resigned Aug. 9 after a UC investigation found"...


Higher-ed marketing is much more than managing a crisis

Includes:..."the global competition for students, saying that although UCD might originally have been regionally defined to serve this part of California, “The marketplace has evolved.” Universities of all sizes now aim to attract students from all over the world.
“It’s a more complicated, aggressive world everywhere,” he said, and marketing in higher education is “a way of thinking, not commercializing.”

Read more here:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

UC Regents and UCOP are "outside pressures" to UC Chancellors?


Now more "fresh start" happy talk :
UC President Napolitano says chancellor resignations offer fresh start

"Napolitano issued a letter Wednesday to the UC Berkeley Academic Senate chairman outlining the new chancellor search process. The goal is to submit a candidate to the UC Board of Regents by March for Berkeley and by January for Davis."

"Napolitano stressed that the two chancellors’ cases were very different."

And musical chair soft landings for some while:
 At the same time  UC is hiring more contract workers with no benefits, consigning them to "second-class citizenship” status, he said, the UC president has approved “soft landings” for two disgraced chancellors. 

And UC Regent view that:
"UC officials concede Napolitano has been criticized for a perceived heavy-handed style and some political misjudgments in Sacramento.
Lozano, however, said that Napolitano had successfully negotiated with Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature for increased money for UC, giving campuses financial stability after years of massive cuts. "

Original earlier:

Is Birgeneau now trying to make nice with Dirks, or? BTW, where's Wilton comments and that capital projects calculator tool etc.?


"But former UC Berkeley chancellor and current physics professor Robert Birgeneau, who himself faced backlash during his tenure, said in an email that the chancellor’s multiple responsibilities — compounded by outside pressure from the UC Board of Regents, the UC president, professors, union leaders and politicians, among others — make the job “impossible.”

“There are too many forces operating on the Chancellor coming from too many directions,” he said in the email. “Further, the Berkeley Chancellor does not have control over enough of the basic variables like student tuition, faculty and staff salaries, the make up of the undergraduate student body.”"

Which one is it?


"In recent weeks, however, pressure for him to resign escalated in a campaign led by previous Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and his then-Provost George Breslauer, two UC sources confirmed."


"One cause of the deficit, Dirks said at the time, was the campus’ extensive construction program — much of which took place under Birgeneau, the sources said.

“It really came to a head with a lot of people in leadership positions in the past, especially the old chancellor and his provost and others who were not happy the new administration was pointing out problems about decisions made by them,” one of the sources said.

Birgeneau denied that he pushed for the resignation or was irked by Dirks' budget deficit presentations. He said he has been focused on his undergraduate teaching, research and other campus endeavors.

"Chancellor Dirks never discussed with me the possibility that he might choose to resign," Birgeneau said in an email. "It is a sad day for Berkeley."

Breslauer was not immediately available for comment.


Is SF Chronicle writing an Op Ed with a non existent fantasy Chancellor in mind?

Departure of compromised chancellor means fresh start at UC Berkeley


"UC President Janet Napolitano, who oversees the 10-campus system, told The Washington Post on Wednesday that she had discussions with Dirks about his leadership tenure but she did not force him out. “This was a personal decision by the chancellor,” she said."

Campus reactions on Dirks

And on UCD,
Editorial: Time for UC Davis chancellor to go (East Bay Times)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

"Campus officials could not say precisely where the money came from." Op Ex CSS UC PATHesque type branding of UC Chancellors

UC Berkeley invested in consultants to boost chancellor’s image

"Rather than engaging with the campus — talking to students, having town meetings, recruiting people into his cabinet who are trusted members of the campus — he sees himself flying around the world. He calls on people from the outside and barricades himself in his home,” Burawoy said, referring to the infamous $700,000 fence constructed around Dirks’ campus residence this year."

At Napolitano 's alma mater:

"It is against this backdrop that a major controversy has recently erupted at one of our pre-eminent public research universities, the University of Virginia, founded in 1819 by Thomas Jefferson. UVA is governed by a 17-member Board of Visitors, whose chair is called the Rector. In conjunction with the Board’s quarterly meeting on June 10, 2016, Rector William Goodwin informed the entire Board of Visitors that the University had amassed surpluses of some $2.3 billion over many years as the result of several university profit centers.
This money had been carried on the university’s investment statements as “University Operating Funds,” indicating they were necessary for operations. But UVA’s administration was quietly laying plans to transfer these balances to a new “Strategic Investment Fund” intended solely to enhance the university’s reputation and to garner it the top spot in national rankings of public research universities. Meanwhile, UVA tuition had increased by 74 percent during the last seven years and 30 percent in the last three years alone."
A reminder of this new twist:
"In recent days, there have been questions raised about Dirks’ hiring of a formerHillary Clinton staffer as a paid consultant to help boost both his and UC Berkeley’s image in the national media and to help connect him with powerful decision makers, such as Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman and former CEO."

More coverage of this hot mess:

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chancellor Dirks Resigns

Now in light of this resignation what is the status of the UCOP investigation of Dirks?
Does Mark Yudof or UC Regents have anything to say about these Chancellors they appointed in recent years who are now resigning?


Dirks to resign after tumultuous tenure as chancellor
Breaking News
LA Times

Birgeneau went after him?:
"In recent weeks, however, pressure for him to resign escalated in a campaign led by previous Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau and his then-Provost George Breslauer, two UC sources confirmed."
"One cause of the deficit, Dirks said at the time, was the campus’ extensive construction program — much of which took place under Birgeneau, the sources said.
“It really came to a head with a lot of people in leadership positions in the past, especially the old chancellor and his provost and others who were not happy the new administration was pointing out problems about decisions made by them,” one of the sources said.
Birgeneau denied that he pushed for the resignation or was irked by Dirks' budget deficit presentations. He said he has been focused on his undergraduate teaching, research and other campus endeavors.
"Chancellor Dirks never discussed with me the possibility that he might choose to resign," Birgeneau said in an email. "It is a sad day for Berkeley."
Breslauer was not immediately available for comment."

SF Chronicle

"Dirks, 66, has privately blamed his predecessors for saddling him with many of those costs and leaving him with too few reserves to meet the university’s fiscal obligations, prompting him to recently ask every department to make budget cuts."

SJ Mercury

Sac Bee:

Guardian spins it as primarily driven by bad UC Berkeley responses to sexual harassment cases:


Below is the full text of the message Chancellor Dirks sent to Berkeley’s faculty, staff and students:
Dear Colleagues:
I am writing today to say that I have informed President Napolitano of my intention to step down as chancellor once a successor is selected and in place. It has been a great honor to serve as the 10th chancellor of Berkeley, and I am proud of all we have accomplished. Over the summer I have come to the personal decision that the time is right for me to step aside and allow someone else to take up the financial and institutional challenges ahead of us.
I am especially proud of the work we have done to enhance the undergraduate experience at Berkeley, as we have launched curricular and programmatic initiatives in data science and arts and design, and begun to re-evaluate the whole student experience, including residential and extracurricular life as well as our academic structures.
The research done at Berkeley is second to none, and it has been exhilarating to learn about the breadth and depth of the research our faculty conducts across every discipline and field. I have worked with colleagues to develop new forms of support for cross-disciplinary research, new modes of connection between research and innovation outside the university, and new ideas to ensure that Berkeley’s future contributions to knowledge will be even more impressive and important in the years ahead. I am especially excited about the ways in which our partnership with UCSF has expanded in recent years and will provide a foundation for even more robust support for, and activity in, the biomedical sciences.
I have also been pleased to work with colleagues in developing new global initiatives for our university, creating significant alliances for research, new educational partnerships and programs and ideas for new forms of global institutional collaboration.
We have also worked hard to increase and improve philanthropy for Berkeley, a source of funding that will be ever more critical to our continued success as a university in the years ahead. Building on the great success of the “Campaign for Berkeley,” we have posted records in fundraising for the last two years in a row ($462 million and $479 million respectively). Meanwhile we are in the final stages of completing and implementing a new development structure we call Fundraising 2.0, which will enable far better coordination across our many units while more fully leveraging our alumni and donor base. We have also been working to build and strengthen our alumni relations.
During my time at Berkeley we have begun to address growing concerns around sexual assault, violence and harassment on campus, investing significant resources not only in our Title IX office, but in identifying new campus leadership, as well as better organized structures, procedures and standards for prevention, care and advocacy, investigation and adjudication, sanctions and community awareness and resolve.
I have worked to increase the diversity of the senior administration, and consider the challenge of addressing issues of diversity across our administration, our faculty, our staff and our student body, and continuing the work to improve our campus climate for all of constituencies regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity as of paramount importance for our community.
I am also proud of what we have done through an earlier task force to ensure that our student athletes have the kind of support they need not only to excel in their chosen sports but in the classroom. In the months ahead, I will work with the second task force on our athletic programs, this one to propose new ways to ensure a sound financial future for the athletic department in the larger context of our budgetary challenges.
Our most critical task now is to ensure a sustainable financial foundation for our university at a time of significantly diminished support from the state. While we have made important progress, substantially reducing our deficit for the coming year and developing a plan to balance the budget over the subsequent two to three years, there remains much work, and many difficult decisions ahead of us. We need fresh approaches and new ideas as Berkeley forges a path to maintain its excellence along with its full commitment to a public mission in the current funding environment.
I pledge my total commitment to ensuring a smooth transition as I leave this post. And I look forward to joining on a full-time basis the distinguished faculty that was my primary reason for moving to Berkeley in the first place.
With gratitude to all for the opportunity of a lifetime,
Fiat Lux,
Nicholas B. Dirks
University of California President Janet Napolitano made the following statement today (August 16):
Today I have accepted the resignation of Nicholas B. Dirks as chancellor of UC Berkeley. I do so with deep appreciation for Chancellor Dirks’s efforts on behalf of this great institution, its students, faculty, staff, alumni and the larger Berkeley community. We will immediately form a committee to begin a global search for the new chancellor, and Chancellor Dirks intends to stay on until a new successor is named and in place. We seek nothing less than an individual of the highest caliber to lead Berkeley, widely and correctly regarded as the finest public research university in the world. UC Berkeley, and the University of California, deserve nothing less.