Monday, February 6, 2017

Cal Chancellor Position- floats or leaks? More.

See 'Matier and Ross':

"Former Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory chief Paul Alivisatos has emerged as the front-runner to replace UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, who plans to exit by the end of May after a bumpy 3½-year tenure.

UC President Janet Napolitano has promised to name a new chancellor in time for the Board of Regents’ meeting in March. Right now, all signs point to the 57-year-old Alivisatos, vice chancellor for research at UC Berkeley.

“He will have immediate credibility with a whole swath of people on campus, and if the goal is protecting our core mission — run by the hard sciences — then they got their guy,” one administration insider said after the hiring sweepstakes, speaking on condition of anonymity because the selection process isn’t public.

Getting someone who will protect the “core mission” took on added importance when President Trump questioned in a tweet whether the university should continue to receive federal funds after Wednesday night’s violent protest kept right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking on campus.

Napolitano is expected to interview a handful of finalists for the chancellor’s job within the next couple of weeks. Candidates have been drawn both from within and outside the UC system.

Alivisatos would definitely be counted as a Cal insider — which many on campus view as a real plus, after Dirks’ uneasy transition from the private environment of Columbia University.

Alivisatos earned his doctorate in chemistry from UC Berkeley in 1986 and joined the school’s faculty two years later. After holding a series of jobs at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, he was named in 2009 to succeed lab Director Steven Chu, who headed off to Washington to be then-President Barack Obama’s energy secretary.

Alivisatos ran the lab until 2015, when then-Vice Chancellor for Research Graham Fleming resigned amid allegations that he had sexually harassed his top assistant — and Alivisatos was brought in to calm the waters.

And he doesn’t lack for intellectual cred. The National Academy of Sciences just announced that Alivisatos, an expert in nanochemistry, will be one of five people honored in Washington, D.C., this spring for “extraordinary scientific achievements.”

Impressive as they are, Alivisatos’ scientific successes don’t exactly make for the star power of, say, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich , currently at Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Despite urging by fellow faculty, however, Reich has not applied for the chancellor’s job, according to sources in the know.

Reich did not return calls for comment, and Alivisatos declined to be interviewed “out of respect for the integrity and fairness of the process.”

The only other in-house candidate being mentioned is Reich’s boss, Henry Brady, dean of the Goldman School.

Many believe Brady has plenty more charisma than Alivisatos, but he lacks the science pedigree that may be needed to protect the school’s all-important research dollars.

“My candidate is (interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost) Carol Christ, and I hope they choose her — she would be fabulous,” Brady told us last week. “And it’s time they had a woman chancellor.”

It’s true that no woman has ever been at the top of UC’s flagship campus. But Christ — a former Smith College president who was pulled out of retirement to come to Cal — has told colleagues she doesn’t want the job.

Put it all together, says one UC insider, and Alivisatos is the one candidate standing who meets most of the criteria considered important — namely, “someone from inside who knows Berkeley, who has been a CEO and someone who the faculty will accept.”

- the UC Davis chancellor search is also experiencing leaks about candudates...

Dirk's assoc chancellor tells grad students: "Gilman also said at the meeting that the decision to make UC Berkeley, or any UC campus, a “sanctuary university” will be up to the University of California’s Office of the President, adding that it is unclear how the policy would take shape legally and that the policy could ultimately lead to people targeting the campus.

Active dialogue, however, has begun about how the UC system will represent itself on the topic, according to Gilman, who also serves as Chancellor Nicholas Dirks’ chief of staff.

“There is going to be every effort on the part of this university to maintain our status as an increasingly international university,” Gilman said at the meeting." ...
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..."and non-discriminatory access to higher education,” Brown said in his State of the State. “We may be called upon to defend those laws and defend them we will.”

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"But the reality is that burden on students and their families has increased considerably.
Access has also been a real problem. Community colleges have had a difficult time offering key classes and CSU has had to turn away thousands of qualified applicants. At UC, even many of the most gifted students are denied access to the campus of their choice. California’s public colleges and universities are among the best in the nation in serving first generation students and those from families at every rung of the economic ladder. They are literally engines of opportunity."

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