Monday, November 21, 2016

Drain the Swamp, Cal Style?

 Daily Cal, see:
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/21/administrative-exodus/
"ADMINISTRATIVE EXODUS
Over half of the chancellor’s cabinet has announced their resignations since April 2015
By Adam Iscoe | Staff
When the new chancellor calls their first cabinet next semester, there may be a few empty chairs at the table.
The leadership team that governs the world’s top public university could look radically different as early as next spring. In the coming months, UC Berkeley must select a new chancellor who will fill a slate of vacant positions and replace interim posts at the highest levels of campus administration.
Over half of the chancellor’s cabinet have announced their resignations in the past 19 months, including all but one of the campus’s vice chancellors and vice provosts, casting doubt on UC Berkeley’s reputation and ability to govern itself effectively.
The departure of 12 cabinet-level officials — the highest-ranking administrators at UC Berkeley — in such a short time frame is unusual, several campus administrators noted.
Several key administrative positions are being held in the interim or are currently vacant, while other ther administrators, including Chancellor Nicholas Dirks and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Harry Le Grande, have only a few months left on campus.
“Clearly the first task of the next chancellor will be to build as quickly as possible an executive management team that is competent and inspires the confidence of the community,” said Associate Chancellor Nils Gilman, who stressed that any new chancellor will need to fill four of the top cabinet-level positions in 2017.

Interactive graphic: Walk through the changes in the chancellor’s cabinet.
Some of those vacant positions’ responsibilities are held by Vice Chancellor Scott Biddy, who also announced his resignation to the chancellor earlier this year, according to an email received by The Daily Californian. Biddy’s resignation has yet to be announced to the campus at large.
While some senior administrators — such as Le Grande, who is retiring after 35 years on campus — said they are departing for personal reasons, others have resigned or announced they intend to resign amid controversy or scandal.
Dirks, former vice chancellor for administration and finance John Wilton, and a former vice provost Andrew Szeri, who led the campus’s Office of Strategic Initiatives, all announced their resignations this year amid concerns over their handling of the campus’s $150 million annual structural deficit, announced earlier this year.
Although Claude Steele, former executive vice chancellor and provost, cited his wife’s health problems as a major factor for his departure in April, his announcement arrived amid widespread condemnation of his handling of a slew of sexual misconduct cases. In the past 19 months, campus investigations have been publicized against former UC Berkeley School of Law dean Sujit Choudhry, former vice chancellor for research Graham Fleming and prize-winning former astronomy professor Geoffrey Marcy, among other campus employees.
“We’re all waiting to see what happens when the dust settles. Are we going to be happier? No one knows.”
Administrators stress that the unusually high turnover "...

--Multiple campus resignations mentioned in the article that were not previously announced. (BTW mentioned in previous years an exodus as a result of Op Ex - to refer to mid level and lower mid level operations harmed by bad initiatives, the article above refers to an exodus of the senior management group which -as a good or bad thing- is ..?
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You also will not find a copy of a purported letter IHE mentions here:
https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2016/11/21/call-due-process-accused-berkeley-professor
Includes:

"group of University of California, Berkeley, current and former students is asking administrators, including Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, and members of the Academic Senate’s Committee on Privilege and Tenure to “withhold judgment” regarding a professor accused of sexual harassment. Some members of the group are now faculty members elsewhere, and their request comes after an on-campus protest by graduate students who criticized the campus's response to the allegations against Nezar AlSayyad, who teaches architecture, planning and urban design. A five-month investigation by Berkeley found that he spent months becoming close to, or "grooming," a graduate student before placing his hand on her upper thigh and proposing that they travel together to Las Vegas. The disciplinary process is ongoing, but some students said they wish they’d known earlier the results of the investigation and, in some cases, the nature of the allegations. AlSayyad denies wrongdoing. The case against him was first made public by the San Francisco Chronicle.
A university spokesperson confirmed that the new letter sent to administrators includes 23 names and nine unnamed signers. But all signatories wish to remain anonymous to the broader public due to what they described as “potential risks of retaliation from activists.” Describing themselves as those who have worked or studied closely with AlSayyad, they wrote that “we have never experienced any forms of harassment or inappropriate actions in our interactions with him throughout the years. On the contrary, he as always been a genuine mentor who cares deeply for his students’ well-being, has supported their careers and encouraged them to become professionals that interact with colleagues in a mutually respectful way.” They questioned circulating accounts of AlSayyad’s behavior towards students and colleagues, for example, saying that meeting with them outside of campus or socially is not unusual in the collaborative studio culture of design."

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And some people will not find food this season:
http://www.dailycal.org/2016/11/20/uc-workers-protest-food-insecurity-big-game/

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