Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Help Wanted

The University of California Office of the President has named Isaacson, Miller to head a global search for a new UC Davis chancellor to replace Linda P.B. Katehi.
A committee made up of UC faculty, staff, students, alumni, regents and UC Davis Foundation representatives will help review candidates for the position, according to UCOP officials. The names of committee members will be released next month.
Isaacson, Miller contracts with numerous universities and has offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. University officials didn’t respond to a request for the cost of the search firm.
The search committee is expect to recommend a new chancellor to the UC Board of Regents early next year.
Ralph J. Hexter will continue as acting chancellor during the search. He was the provost at UC Davis before he replaced Katehi after she resigned Aug. 9.
Katehi’s resignation came after UC officials released investigative findings that largely cleared her of the most serious allegations but found she violated some university policies for filing travel expenses and serving on corporate boards. The investigation also found that Katehi had personally and repeatedly sought ways to enhance her online reputation by hiring outside consultants, despite claims to the contrary to UC President Janet Napolitano and the media.
The chancellor had been on paid administrative leave since April 27...
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Given all that has transpired, this might require some tough searching:

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Listen to the Regents Health Committee Meeting of August 11, 2016

As we always do - although sometimes with a lag - we have archived the audio of the Regents health committee. The Regents "archive" their meetings for only one year for reasons unknown. We archive them indefinitely.

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.

You can hear the audio at the link below:

Monday, August 29, 2016

Maybe candy would have been dandy

Some blog readers may recall the criminal case brought against a UCLA faculty member in connection with a tragic lab accident that caused the death of a student. It was the kind of case that is normally settled via a civil suit. But the LA District Attorney's office brought criminal charges, initially against the Regents as well as the faculty member. Along the way, another faculty member in a totally unrelated situation was dragged in, seemingly as a kind of hostage, in the hopes of pressuring the university. Ultimately, the hostage case was dropped. And later the lab accident case was essentially dropped after UCLA refused to cave and hired an outside law firm to defend the faculty member. There never was any criminal conviction or anything close to it.*

Afterwards, the LA Times published a story grumbling about the dollar cost to the university of defending the faculty member.** As we noted at the time, the LA Times did not bother to present an accounting of what it cost the DA's office to prosecute the case.*** But now it appears from the Times that perhaps some of the dollars UCLA spent might have been better expended on "gifts" to the DA. We reproduce the opening paragraphs below in our continuing interest in being fair and balanced:

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey has accepted more than $10,000 worth of gifts over the last four years from criminal defense attorneys, police unions, business owners, prosecutors in her office and others who could have an interest in influencing her decisions as one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the county, according to state records. The gifts include necklaces and a pearl box, sporting event tickets, bottles of wine, clothing and a glass rose dipped in 24-carat gold, the records show. 

A Los Angeles Times review of state disclosure records found that Lacey’s gift taking exceeded the amount disclosed over the same time period by the district attorneys of other large California jurisdictions, including Orange County, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino. San Francisco Dist. Atty. George Gascón disclosed more than $18,000 worth of gifts, but about $17,000 was for travel payments from mostly nonprofit organizations for speaking and panel events.  The state’s political ethics law allows public officials to accept gifts totaling $460 from any single source in a calendar year, but requires officials to disclose the gifts on public forms known as statements of economic interest...

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bought OVER?

Some creative writing is hard to get over:

Saturday, August 27, 2016

UCLA Really Wants You to Drink Tap Water

Well, it's better than not having any water at all:

Friday, August 26, 2016

The World is Flat (broke?) at least at Berkeley

RICHMOND -- The proposed Berkeley Global Campus has been suspended indefinitely due to UC Berkeley's budget deficit, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced Thursday night.

The announcement was made during a closed door meeting between the chancellor and a group of Richmond city officials, residents and community activists.

Dirks, who last week announced that he was stepping down from his role as chancellor of the University of California's flagship campus, blamed the school's significant budgetary challenges, but pledged to continue to explore other options for the site that "reflect new priorities for the campus around enrollment growth and housing in the near future."

"The campus is also committed to continue working closely with the city of Richmond ... and existing partnerships in workforce training, procurement, and education," the school said in a statement released Thursday night.

The news was revealed during a meeting between Dirks and the Berkeley Global Campus Working Group, formed several years ago to press UC Berkeley to hire local workers and build housing for Richmond residents as part of its community benefits agreement...

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Ain't got no options?