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."
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