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
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?
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