Op-Ed Blasts Napolitano’s Leadership

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A distinguished group of UC Davis professors have written a scathing op-ed published in, of all places, the East Bay Times, headlined by Emanual Maverakis and Walter Leal, entitled, “Napolitano hurting UC system, action needed.”

They write: “University of California President Janet Napolitano is inept as an academic leader. She has now done irreparable damage to the university’s reputation and the proud tradition of faculty/administration shared governance. The UC Regents must step in and address this situation.”

In addition to Dr. Maverakis, an associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at UC Davis, and Walter S. Leal, a distinguished professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Davis, the list includes Professors Tilahun Yilma, Kyaw Tha Paw U, Leopoldo Bernucci, Charles Hess (former Dean of Ag and Environmental Science) and Bruno Nachtergaele.

The op-ed charges, “Napolitano’s management style is at odds with good stewardship of academic institutions, as is evident by her decision to summarily place UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi on administrative leave, despite heavy opposition from the faculty. Her now-infamous ‘investigation’ of the chancellor reeks of scapegoating politics.

“Napolitano’s interjection is symbolic of the political interference that threatens the academic integrity of a great public university,” they write.  “She is an outsider to the world of higher education, a career politician and a lawyer. She has no experience with the typical educational, research and publishing activities of academics. She has no experience in driving innovation.

“To our knowledge, Napolitano was never involved in the UC system prior to her appointment. Her hard-hitting management strategy is not in line with the creative and collective goals of the UC system,” they continue.

They argue, “She seeks to convict Katehi through the court of public opinion, an approach common in politics but unacceptable in academia. While Napolitano has silenced Katehi with a ‘gag order,’ her office pumps out anti-Katehi statements to the media. Napolitano claims she is judging Katehi via factual ‘documents’ but fails to release these to the UC Davis Academic Senate.”

The rest of the op-ed concludes:

Undoubtedly, Napolitano’s tactics seek to deflect attention from her own office’s involvement. For example, Napolitano now says that Katehi showed poor judgment when she elected to serve on the board of DeVry University — but senior administrators are encouraged to serve on outside boards (Katehi is one of 49 who do) and Katehi specifically asked Napolitano’s office for advice before DeVry publicly announced Katehi’s appointment. (Keep in mind, Katehi resigned before ever serving on the DeVry board and never received a penny in compensation).

Ironically, for all of her reputation as a no-nonsense manager, Napolitano exhibits little understanding of the business side of the UC system. Her office has made much of the Katehi administration’s expenditure of $172,000 to improve UC Davis’ public image. This doesn’t seem excessive for a $4 billion institution and, in fact, ranks in the lower half of all UC campuses. What does Napolitano’s office spend for image boosting?

Simply put, Napolitano is engaging in scapegoating politics targeting UC Davis’ first woman and high-achieving chancellor. Her heavy-handed interference symbolizes a much larger threat to the integrity, reputation and future of the University of California as a great public institution.

In contrast to Napolitano, faculty members of the Academic Senate have expressed confidence in Katehi, an award-winning engineer whose business expertise has led the university to record heights in company and government grants and contracts, while raising more than $1 billion in philanthropic donations.

Indeed, Katehi has helped lead the transformation of UC Davis, which now enrolls more Californians than any other UC campus.

Katehi has excelled in other projects as well. UC Davis now ranks 13th among all U.S. universities for undergraduate diversity. She has also put Davis on the map for bringing women into STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Forbes recognized these efforts by naming UC Davis the most important STEM University for women.

If Napolitano is successful in driving out Katehi, it will be unlikely that the university will find someone of equivalent caliber to replace her.

The UC Regents need to take decisive action now to question Napolitano and hold her accountable for her recent actions and corrosive management style.

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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86 thoughts on “Op-Ed Blasts Napolitano’s Leadership”

  1. nameless

    To our knowledge, Napolitano was never involved in the UC system prior to her appointment.

    Neither was Katehi involved in the UC/UCD system prior to her appointment as Chancellor.

    Ironically, for all of her reputation as a no-nonsense manager, Napolitano exhibits little understanding of the business side of the UC system. Her office has made much of the Katehi administration’s expenditure of $172,000 to improve UC Davis’ public image. This doesn’t seem excessive for a $4 billion institution and, in fact, ranks in the lower half of all UC campuses. What does Napolitano’s office spend for image boosting?

    Are the writers really trying to justify Katehi spending $172,000 in taxpayer dollars to scrub the internet of the pepper spraying incident?

    Indeed, Katehi has helped lead the transformation of UC Davis, which now enrolls more Californians than any other UC campus.

    Katehi led the transformation to enroll more Californians at UCD?  Seems to me that had more to do with the deal Napolitano struck with the state legislature that UC would accept more in state students if the state would pony up more funding for the UC system.

    I don’t particularly like the way Napolitano has handled the Katehi investigation, but neither am I blind to Katehi’s many blunders either.

    1. The Pugilist

      I think the authors stepped on their point, the problem is not that Napolitano had no prior involvement in UC prior to becoming president, it’s that unlike Katehi who was an accomplished scholar, she had no prior ties to academia prior to her hire.

      1. nameless

        Oh come on – you are trying to tell me Katehi singlehandedly was responsible for enrolling more CA in state resident students, when in fact it was Napolitano who struck the deal with the state legislature to enroll more in state students in exchange for more state funding to the UC system?

        1. DavidSmith

          nameless, the article says, “Katehi led the transformation…”.

          The authors did not say that she singlehandedly enrolled more CA students. How on earth is that even possible?

          UCD admits the most CA students among all campuses while receiving a dis proportionally lower funding from the UCOP. Is it that difficult to give credit where credit is due? or is it just because of ego/bias?

        2. Roberta Millstein

          nameless, nope, as DavidSmith says, I didn’t say “singlehandedly” and neither did the letter.  All I am saying is that, yes, the initiative to increase enrollment at UCD was Katehi’s.  That is a simple matter of fact – note that I’m not saying whether that was a good thing or a bad thing, just that the “2020 initiative” to increase enrollment was Katehi’s initiative.  What Napolitano did was something that happened after Katehi already began the initiative to increase enrollment at UCD.

        3. Tia Will

          nameless

          It would seem that Chancellor Katehi is being given credit for much that occurred before her arrival. I do not know where the Chancellor was in 1979. But I do know she was not at the head of the university were I was part of the largest medical school entering class of women in the country. Amongst my close friends were not only female medical students, but also female veterinarians, chemists, and biologists. While it is true that the Chancellor continued the promotion of women in the STEM fields, she is hardly a pioneer, or even a leader in this area at UCD.

          Ms. Napolitano’s errors do not exonerate Chancellor Katehi from her own. Optimal outcome from my point of view is that both leave and neither receive an additional penny in compensation for their egregious handing of a situation that could, had either exhibited true leadership, have been managed with dignity and grace.

        4. DavidSmith

          Tia Will

          Amongst my close friends were not only female medical students, but also female veterinarians, chemists, and biologists.

          Your observation doesn’t tell us much about the overall landscape of things. What’s the percentage of female students among all students back then? How about math, physics, computer science, engineering, etc? What about the number of female and minority faculty member?

          she is hardly a pioneer, or even a leader in this area at UCD.

          I don’t recall anyone saying she is the “pioneer” in this area. I find that you have the tendency to mix and put words into other people’s mouth.

          She is certainly a leader. If you are associated with the University, you would already know that she is the principle investigator on a multi-year multi-million center grant from the National Science Foundation.

          http://ucd-advance.ucdavis.edu/our-team

          The center receives funding from NSF to promote the hiring of woman and minority faculty members. Numerous studies have shown that having more woman and minority faculties have a direct and positive impact on recruiting and retaining woman and minority students.

          I say this is great leadership.

        5. DavidSmith

          And I have to say that as the Chancellor, she already has her plate full of important things to do. She is not obligated to pursue a center like this because if you have done a center grant, you will know that it’s a tremendous endeavor from writing the proposal to overseeing the program develop, to preparing and attending program reviews, and disseminating results. She really went out of her way to promote woman and minority in academia. I have huge respect for her on that front.

        6. Roberta Millstein

          Tia, I have to say I agree with DavidSmith here.  I am not Katehi’s biggest fan by a long shot (and I’m on public record saying so), but I have to give credit where credit is due.  Just as she is the person who led the initiative to increased enrollment on campus, she has indeed made special efforts to promote women in STEM, and women of color in STEM in particular.  (I have not noticed any special efforts toward promoting women outside of STEM fields).

        7. DavidSmith

          Roberta, you are correct. The NSF ADVANCE program is indeed specifically focused on STEM subjects. And it’s my understanding that the gender ratio is much less skewed outside of STEM.

        8. DavidSmith

          I don’t think the data would look much different now.

          And upon reading your comments above, I also realized why Tia and I may have different perspectives on this issue. I was primarily thinking about STEM disciplines.

        9. Roberta Millstein

          DavidSmith, just to be clear, I think there is work to be done to increase women and people of color in many disciplines, including the STEM fields.  So, I am happy that LK worked on STEM fields, but as a Chancellor of the whole university, I wish that equal efforts had been made to all fields where diversity is an issue.

        10. Jerry Waszczuk

          DavidSmith, just to be clear, I think there is work to be done to increase women and people of color in many disciplines, including the STEM fields.  

          Roberta Millstein

          UC Davis is not the place where Dr. Martin Luther King ‘s  and   Cesar Chavez like to be or see UC Davis diversity . How could promote diversity and increase women in many discipline if Chancellor Katehi who is  a woman Katehi is being crucified by you and others on this forum .  I am not sure if you are promoter of any type of diversity .

        11. Roberta Millstein

          DavidSmith, good to know we are on the same page here.

          Jerry Waszczuk, I don’t see where I have “crucified” LK on this forum.  You seem to want to pick a fight, but I have no interest in responding to your unfounded accusations.

    2. DavidSmith

      Ironically, for all of her reputation as a no-nonsense manager, Napolitano exhibits little understanding of the business side of the UC system. Her office has made much of the Katehi administration’s expenditure of $172,000 to improve UC Davis’ public image. This doesn’t seem excessive for a $4 billion institution and, in fact, ranks in the lower half of all UC campuses. What does Napolitano’s office spend for image boosting?“
      Are the writers really trying to justify Katehi spending $172,000 in taxpayer dollars to scrub the internet of the pepper spraying incident?

      The authors’ point is whether it’s a standard practice in UC to hire PR firms on improving UC’s image online. If it is, then UCOP stands on no ground to accuse Katehi. Same is said for external board member positions, and media which specifically targeted Katehi should indeed be examined for gender discrimination.

      1. Tia Will

        DavidSmith

        I have huge respect for her on that front.”

        I also have huge respect for Dr. Katehi as a scientist and researcher. I greatly admire her for the aspects of her career in which she clearly excels. I also advise her continued dedication to the advancement of women in STEM fields. I would have loved to have seen her continue as a researcher and instructor on campus where her presence is clearly beneficial and could have continued to be an inspiration to upcoming groups of students for many years.

        However,  I do not believe that she has demonstrated sound decision making nor good judgement as the Chancellor of a public institution. It is for this reason that I believe that the best course would have been for her to resign the Chancellorship at the beginning of this round of controversies. This would have allowed her to continue to pursue her career in her field of excellence, provide a model for young students, especially women, advance knowledge, continue fundraising at a lower level, and maintain both her own reputation and that of the university. Instead she and Ms. Napotliano and whomever else is responsible have chosen to engage in a very nasty public mud fight which enlightens, models good behavior, and uplifts exactly no one. Every individual involved in this is 100% responsible for their own contribution to this mess.

        1. DavidSmith

          And btw you didn’t respond to my question on the engagement of woman (and minority if you wish) in academia back in the 70s and 80s, on a grand scale. You made it sound like it’s a non-problem. Based on my experience and observation, my understanding is it’s a big problem back then and also now.

        2. Jerry Waszczuk

          “This would have allowed her to continue to pursue her career in her field of excellence, provide a model for young students, especially women, advance knowledge, continue fundraising at a lower level, and maintain both her own reputation and that of the university”

          Ms. Mia

          You thinks so that Chancellor could  go to class and teach young students with the Lt. Pike image   created for her by  Steven Drown and his collaborators  and than  image was  glued to her by media forever.

           

      2. DavidSmith

        “I have huge respect for her on that front.”

        By this statement, I was specifically referring to her leadership role in promoting woman and minority in academia, rather than her as a scholar. I was specifically refuting your claim at discrediting her leadership in promoting woman and minority in academia. 

        Her past achievement in science and technology is widely recognized. I’ve talked about it in the past and I don’t think there is need to bring it up again.

        I respect your view which you have repeatedly expressed. My view on the issue is however drastically different than yours. My view is that the Chancellor has done tremendous work for bringing up UCD to the next level (I understand that there are many people on this forum who are content with the status quo and see no reason for growth. I don’t share that view).

        I acknowledge that she has made a few “missteps” along the way but I think these “missteps” are not nearly comparable to her achievement at UCD which I’ve listed many aspects of that in my previous posts. I can repeat them here if you request.

        As a scientist, I understand very deeply that you will never succeed if you don’t make mistakes. Unfortunately in politics, it doesn’t work the same way, which is why we have incompetent politicians all around us. The goal of a politician is to not make mistakes. The same could be said for our previous Chancellor. Doing nothing is surely a good way to keep you out of trouble.

        In addition, I believe that her “missteps” is blown far out of proportion by the hateful public media, SacBee the most active among them (I recently came to know a convincing reason why the SacBee is so hateful. Can’t share it here as I can’t prove it while still being anonymous). And naturally a great many people who take information mainly from these sources will develop a negative view towards the Chancellor.

        1. hpierce

          So, ‘science’ is different from ‘political science’?  Maybe why I only took one PolySci class… upper division, aced it, and never broke a sweat… (I needed a ‘humanities’ credit…)

        2. Tia Will

          DavidSmith

          As a scientist, I understand very deeply that you will never succeed if you don’t make mistakes. “

          I agree with your statement that as a scientist, you will never succeed if you don’t make mistakes. However, it is necessary to succeed as a scientist to be completely honest about your mistakes, take full responsibility for them and then work to not repeat those mistakes in the future. This is where I see the cumulative negative impact of Chancellor Katehi’s approach to her own errors. She has repetitively attempted to minimize, hide, cover up or deflect responsibility for her own mistakes. She has repetitively placed image above substance. I see it as part of the role of a public leader to accept full responsibility for the outcomes of their actions as well as to reliably place the well being of the public institute ahead of their own personal interests. Chancellor Katehi has not, in my view, chosen to fulfill this basic responsibility of her leadership position.

        3. DavidSmith

          She has repetitively attempted to minimize, hide, cover up or deflect responsibility for her own mistakes. She has repetitively placed image above substance.

          Tia, I think this is a subjective statement. Different people will see things differently.

          In my opinion, Chancellor Katehi was made to apologize and be regretful too many times for too many things that she did not do, for things that are totally legit under UC policies, and for standard practices that are common in other campuses and even the UCOP. The public media spins it around with bias, provocative language, and no context, and then people start using her own apologies to criticize and crucify her. And again, I’m not here to defend that the Chancellor has a perfect record, but in my opinion, what happened to her is smear campaign masterfully executed.

      3. Jerry Waszczuk

        DavidSmith

        Katehi was already  accused and slandered without any legal ground.  Psychological terror and stacking  accused employee family  is the  UCOP Gestapo’s  standard way to deal with employees singled  for termination of employment. It is nothing to do with any PR or other stuff . If it would be a different Chancellor than you would never hear about this stuff .

    3. South of Davis

      nameless wrote:

      > Are the writers really trying to justify Katehi spending $172,000 in taxpayer

      > dollars to scrub the internet of the pepper spraying incident?

      Katehi did not “scrub the internet of the pepper spraying incident” (if you don’t believe me try a Google search).

      Saying someone “scrubbed the internet” sounds a lot worse than saying someone “paid for internet PR work just like every other college in America”.  It worked for the No on A people who kept saying the Nishi site is a “toxic soup” since it sounds a lot worse than saying “like every other site near a freeway in America Nishi has some exhaust fumes in the air”…

      1. DavidSmith

        Indeed. I never was able to understand how you scrub the internet. Where do these PR firms get the mighty power to remove someone else’s content from the internet. How is that possible?

        1. David Greenwald Post author

          Correct. What they wanted to do was make it so when you did a search on UC Davis you didn’t pull up an image of Pike pepper spray. They cannot remove stuff from they can make it harder to find using a search engine.

        2. DavidSmith

          David

          Thanks and yes I see that part. The problem I have with the notion “scrubbing the internet” is that, 1) it implies removing (that’s what scrubbing basically means) information from the Internet, 2) as a consequence, it provokes a feeling that freedom of speech is violated (point made by a poster under another thread).

          Search engine optimization is done by a wide range of entities and organizations, both for-profit and non-profit. While I can definitely see it as controversial, whether optimizing search engineering result constitutes suppression of freedom of speech is questionable. The information is there for everyone to see and the existence of the search engines helps us (to a great extent) to find the information. If, however, Google went belly up and shut down their service altogether tomorrow, is our freedom of speech impacted?

    4. Marina Kalugin

      dear nameless, the UCD website was abysmal and as a manager I had a hard time finding even the easiest things on a search…

      if anyone thinks that is a huge sum for any IT project, they are likely not techies…

      that would be the cost of one IT professional salary and benefits for a year, or several for a few weeks or months work..

      And, I was so thrilled when the new website was rolled out…the search functions actually were properly optimized….

      yay!!!

      of course, those who are clueless or rather, should I say “nameless”….are still clueless after all this time..

       

  2. Jerry Waszczuk

    The East Bay Times article is a real ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN.  Let’s wait and  see how the  two Melindas handle this nail in the coffin. Janet Napolitano is not eligible yet for her UC retirement  in contrary to Linda Katehi. No good news for Janet

    1. Davis Progressive

      Not sure I go as far as you do here.  This is the opinion of a group of professors – prestigious as they are – but a group that has been defending Katehi since 2011.  Is that really a nail in the coffin?  Or is more shouting in the wind.

  3. DavidSmith

    Or is more shouting in the wind.

    (the discussion under the other post was winding down so I’m posting the following again under this thread so that more people can see it, and because it’s relevant to the above quote)
    ====
    I have been bashing UCOP for a long time. Many people do not share my view. I think the following document from UCD Academic Senate (the governing body for tenured and tenure-track faculty members) is worth reading (which Jerry posted several times before) if you are really baffled why some of us are calling out UCOP bogus
    http://academicsenate.ucdavis.edu/local_resources/docs/whats_new_2016/ucd_chancellor_timelinefactsheet_6.21.16.pdf

    Some excerpts.

    *** September 15, 2011 Katehi joins John Wiley and Sons Board of Directors along with Jean-Lou Chameau who is President, California Institute of Technology (Caltech). She serves until September 18, 2014 when she does not stand for reelection.

    *** February 2012 UC Davis Foundation requests Katehi to improve the image of UC Davis and the institution’s capacity to respond to crises on social media and the internet in response to pepper spray incident.

    *** November 19, 2014: Ralph Hexter, Provost responds to series of communications received from Medved. Response cites UCOP 2010 investigation of UC Davis Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and use of student fees. Letter concludes with “This concludes the University’s review of this matter.” (Special Representative Assembly Meeting and Update on Information Release, page 19.) (DS’s note: this is in regard to the misuse of student funds allegation in UCOP’s letter. It is a matter that was investigated and concluded 1.5 years ago)

    *** January 7, 2016 Katehi files pre-approval with UCOP to gain approval to sit on DeVry board (Chair’s Updates to the Academic Senate, March 28, page 8).
    *** February 20, 2016 UC Davis staff notify UCOP that Katehi will be appointed to DeVry Education Group Board on February 22.
    *** February 22, 2016 DeVry Education Group announces appointment of Katehi to Board along with Ann Weaver Hart, Ph.D., and President of the University of Arizona.
    (DS’s note: Chancellor Katehi sought UCOP’s approval before taking DeVry’s board position. UCOP did not respond in time. This is not to justify the Chancellor’s choice, simply to show that she followed procedures)

    *** April 25, 2016 Napolitano meets Katehi in Oakland and requests Katehi’s resignation from the University. Chancellor Katehi informs others that President Napolitano demanded she resign from the university before leaving the President’s office. When the Chancellor mentioned that she is a faculty member and she has tenure President Napolitano told her that it was Chancellor Katehi’s decision to resign from the University or just resign as a Chancellor. But if she were to resign as a Chancellor she would investigate her and her family. (DS’s note: what type of tactics is this?) Because of her rights as a senate faculty member with tenure, and because of the Senate’s role in shared governance, Chancellor Katehi contacted the Academic Senate Chair because she wanted him to be informed of what took place in the meeting, and also, in her capacity as a faculty member, to request assistance from the Academic Senate. Also, she was given an ultimatum to resign without the opportunity to know the reason why President Napolitano changed her position from public support on March 9 to demanding her resignation and she believed this violated her rights as a member of the faculty.

    *** April 26, 2016 Meeting set for Thursday April 28 between Napolitano, Katehi, and attorneys to discuss Katehi situation.
    ***April 27, 2016 Napolitano announces Katehi to be put on paid administrative leave for 90 days citing the employment of family members, use of student fees and statements regarding contracts involving improving UC Davis’s performance on social media and search engine optimization. UCOP shares letter with accusations with media the evening of April 27 . (DS’s note: again, what type of tactics is this? How disingenuous do you have to be to play games like this? To those who accused Katehi of not resigning quietly and save the UC some money, was she given a realistic chance now that you see the timeline of events?)

    *** May 2016 During the month of May the Academic Senate passes resolutions related to their concerns about the manner in which the investigation will be performed, lack of definition of the scope of the investigation, lack of consultation with the Academic Senate, lack of shared governance, the independence of the investigation, desire to accelerate the timeline for the investigation and potential conflicts of interest involving President Napolitano and her participation in the investigation. (DS’s note. UCOP ignored everything from the Academic Senate and never responded.)

  4. Alan Miller

    Sweet Lord, I do believe as I have prayed, that they are going to take each other down.

    As I write back whenever the U.C. system sends me an email wanting money or political support:

    Fire Katehi!  Fire Napolitano!

    As I have done since 2011 (for Linda), and since Janet was hired added #2.

    Similar to the mob fight in Sacramento, I was rooting for both sides . . . to lose.

    No one to root for here, please move on.

    1. Jerry Waszczuk

      Alan Miller

      Fire Katehi!  Fire Napolitano!

      Alan: Do you think they are worse of the worse in the UC administration system .? Both , Napolitano and Katehi are short timers. Last year Katehi received an  excellent five years stewardship review What do you think about Hexter as a new UC Davis Chancellor ? Is he fits your profile to be a  good leader . He was hired by Katehi .

       

      1. Alan Miller

        Do you think they are worse of the worse in the UC administration system .?

        Green onions.

        What do you think about Hexter as a new UC Davis Chancellor ?

        As I sang in my anti-Katehi parody song (to the tune of “She’s Gone” by Hall & Oates):

        “Ralph Hexter tried to bore me with a sermon”.

  5. MAli

    I love the selective responsibility attributed to Katehi. If its something good like adding more in state students they give her the credit as leader of the campus but if its something bad like pepper spraying students then its anyone and everyone else who is responsible but not Katehi.

  6. MAli

    https://www.davisvanguard.org/2012/04/pike-and-katehi-hammered-in-pepper-spray-report-2/

    That’s not how the Kroll Report was reported at the time. Just one of many findings:

    “Huge amount of blame was placed on the chancellor, both for indecisiveness and for countermanding tactical decisions that should have been reserved for police authorities, such as the decision to deploy police to clear the Quad at 3 pm rather than in the middle of the night.”

    On another note the article mentions Yudolf who had no UC experience when hired either.
     

    1. DavidSmith

      Point is that Napolitano was a life politician and had zero experience with academia.

      From Wikipedia.
      Mark George Yudof (born October 30, 1944)[1][2] is an American law professor and academic administrator. He is the former president of the University of California (2008-2013), former chancellor of the University of Texas System (2002–2008), and former president of the University of Minnesota (1997–2002).
       
      In addition to his position as Chancellor at The University of Texas, Yudof held the Charles Alan Wright Chair in Federal Courts at the University of Texas School of Law. Previously, he was a faculty member and administrator at The University of Texas at Austin for 26 years, serving as dean of the School of Law from 1984 to 1994 and as the University’s executive vice president and provost from 1994 to 1997.

      1. Jerry Waszczuk

        David

        Napolitano got order from Regents or directly from  Gov. Jerry Brown to finish Chancellor Kathei  if she refuse to resign on her own and it was   does not matter what cost and what reason Napolitano’s  together with UC General Counsel Charles come up with .

        I think Napolitano got caught  of guard and did not expect any turmoil in 2016 in relation to UC Davis after Chancellor’s five years performance was evaluated in 2015.  By documents  I have the trouble started brewing in October 2015.

        1. DavidSmith

          I don’t know about Jerry Brown but I echo your speculation some external factors (or matters beyond the fuss about Chancellor Katehi) were at play.

    2. Jerry Waszczuk

      Huge amount of blame was placed on the chancellor, both for indecisiveness and for countermanding tactical decisions that should have been reserved for police authorities, such as the decision to deploy police to clear the Quad at 3 pm rather than in the middle of the night.”

      MAli

      This is  was the point to blame Chancellor and let her go.

      This the  UC Davis Campus Counsel Steven Drown  legal decision after the  Lt. Pike and Chief Spicuzza’s  objection . The fate of Chief Spicuzza , Lt. Pike , Cpt.  Souza was Chancellor Katehi was decided in early at the end October 2011 or just after Chancellor Katehi requested confidential report about me which was sent to her before pepper spray attack on November 18, 2011. The students protest was used perfectly by UCOP Gestapo to take care of Spicuzza , Pike , Souza and Chancellor and myself  in 2011 .  As I wrote previously ,  I survived one year longer and Chancellor got hit again in 2016 with petty accusations against her and her family and two white collar  crime defense attorney to do dirty job for criminals like Robinson and Drown  and nail Chancellor to the cross .

  7. Tia Will

    Jerry

    Napolitano got order from Regents or directly from  Gov. Jerry Brown to finish Chancellor Kathei  if she refuse to resign on her own and it was   does not matter what cost and what reason Napolitano’s  together with UC General Counsel Charles come up with .”

    I would love to see your evidence for this statement.

    1. MAli

      Me too, can you prove Jerry Brown ordered Napolitano to fire Katehi? We do know that an unprecedented nine members of the legislature called for Katehi to be fired and I’m sure it rightfully got the attention of UCOP and the regents even if the sit in at Mrak and all the letters from faculty groups went unnoticed.

  8. hpierce

    DavidSmith said, “If you are associated with the University, you would already know that she is the principle investigator on a multi-year multi-million center grant…”

    Funny, on so many levels!  Well Donne! [0r, is it “dun”]

    I actually think there are others who are currently the investigators of principles… but am not trying to instigate an argument with one of the principal defenders of the chancellor…

      1. hpierce

        Nah… don’t do lingerie, myself… but maybe for my sweetheart… that might be interesting/fun!

        Second thought… did someone commit a ‘fraud-ian’ slip? don’t know, won’t opine…

  9. MAli

    Turns out that Napolitano does have experience running Universities that seems to have been overlooked. As Governor of Arizona Napolitano served as an ex-officio member of the Board of Regents of the University of Arizona. I know the involvement of a Governor is often limited but it does call into question that “She has  no experience with the typical educational, research and publishing activities of academics. She has no experience in driving innovation.” I guess this argument hinges on an ex-officio Regent not being typical.

    1. DavidSmith

      Interesting find. In addition to Yudof’s bio, here’s Katehi academic experience prior to UCD

      From wikipedia
      ====
      In her early career, Katehi worked at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor from 1984 to 2001 as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science,[11][12] and as associate dean of academic affairs and graduate education starting in 1994.[13] She was hired as the engineering dean at Purdue University in 2002.[11][12][14] While there, she increased both the faculty by 15% and research funding within the engineering department.[11] In 2005, Katehi became the first female provost and vice-chancellor of theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[11][14][15] After four years at the University of Illinois, Katehi became the 6th Chancellor of the University of California, Davis in 2009, succeeding Larry Vanderhoef.[13][14][16] She is the first female chancellor of the university.[12]
      Katehi’s expertise is in circuit design and her research focuses on antennas.[12][13][16] She currently holds 19 patents.[16][17][18] Through her academic roles she has been a mentor to over 70 postdoctoral fellows.[18]
      In addition to her university roles, Katehi was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Committee on the National Medal of Science.[13] She chaired the 12-member committee, along with the Secretary of Commerce’s committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, until 2010.[16][19] She was appointed to the FBI’s National Security Higher Education Advisory Board in 2010.[20] Katehi is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science[16][21] and in 2011, she was elected to theAmerican Academy of Arts and Sciences.[16][21] She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering where she chaired the committee on K-12 engineering education for two years.[13][18][21]
      For her academic work, she has received awards including the AHC Aristeio Award in Academics in 2011[13] and a Gabby Award for her achievements in education and academia, also in 2011.[22]
      In 2014, she received an honorary degree from the American College of Greece as part of their annual commencement ceremony.[23]
      On October 4, 2015 The National Academy of Engineering presented Linda Katehi with its Simon Ramo Founders Award recognizing her “extraordinary impact on the engineering profession” and “leadership in engineering research and education.”[24]

    2. DavidSmith

      And in spite of Napolitano being an ex-officio member of UoA’s board, I think the statement “She has  no experience with the typical educational, research and publishing activities of academics. She has no experience in driving innovation.” still holds and is pretty accurate. 

      Upon a quick search, I see that Jerry Brown is the ex-officio board member of UC. Nopolitano would be the equivalent of Jerry Brown for UoA back then. I hope this explains what ex-officio board members do.

      http://regents.universityofcalifornia.edu/about/members-and-advisors/index.html#ex-officio

      1. Marina Kalugin

        they try to save a buck and destroy the system?  isn’t that what Gov Brown has been doing?

        too many faculty at UCD and elsewhere speak out against his pet project the delta tunnels…

         

    3. Marina Kalugin

      an ex-officio “regent” my – wouldn’t my faculty laugh….

      one first pays the dues as a faculty member, then chair, then perhaps dean then etc….

      sometimes, the most mediocre become Dean etc…..that happened a lot at many of the UCs…

      those who cannot get grants and are lousy teachers often move up..

      Chancellor Katehi was the whole deal,  a brilliant scientist, terrific teacher AND she even wanted to be an administrator……wow!!!   someone of that caliber cannot be enticed for such a thankless job with mulitmillions as do our “comparison” universities…

      and, she didn’t cow tow to the UCOP Napolitano…

      yet, she was not into money, she was into making an impact….she sure did until some of the most mediocre and lower tried to take her down…

      ex-officio regent, what a joke….

      truly those who have not worked in the trenches, have little clue, as I am fond of saying these months and years….

  10. Marina Kalugin

    I cannot imagine the word Leadership in even the same sentence with Napolitano….urghhhhhh

    if not for she is the boot licker for the gov, she would’ve been gone long ago…

  11. Marina Kalugin

    Yes, read the LA papers and the East Bay papers for the real news…

    The Davis Enterprise refused to publish my letter to the editor on this topic some weeks prior to April when the SHTF……

    said they would, if I would shorten it…..  did I have time?   nahhh…

    I made the huge mistake of bcc to the UCD Police chief Matt Carmichael, who is a pal of Napolitano..

    I assumed he had the Chancellor’s back, and, obviously, he didn’t….

    Matt and I were even on first name basis, and I have his personal cell number (or did) and he did not think I deserved a phone call back when I called him that fateful Tuesday night to find out WTF was going on?

    I now have more info on why….

        1. MAli

          From Wikipedia: “An ex officio member is a member of a body (a board, committee, council, etc.) who is part of it by virtue of holding another office. The term is Latin, meaning literally “from the office”, and the sense intended is “by right of office”; its use dates back to the Roman Republic.”
          “According to Robert’s Rules of Order, the term denotes only how one becomes a member of a body.[1] Participatory rights of ex officio members may or may not be limited by the body’s regulations or bylaws. In some groups ex officio members may frequently abstain from voting. Unless regulations or bylaws constrain their rights, however, they are afforded the same rights as other members of the body, e.g., proposing motions, and voting.”
          I remember when Jerry Brown showed up at the Regents as an ex-officio member back in the 70’s. As I recall no regents would challenge him. More recently Brown and Napolitano met as a committee of two to discuss UC. Did you think these people were somehow unprepared for their meeting? You act as though these two are ill equipped to run UC but you really know nothing about their extensive experience with running large institutions or universities. Before attacking Napolitano for supposedly not being an academic did you look into how her experience in Arizona prepared her for the role she plays now? Obviously you didn’t and I doubt either did the authors of this attack. But the Regents probably did and it probably contributed to the decision to hire her.

  12. Marina Kalugin

    yes, that is why we have some of the gov’s boot licker cronies now on the Regents also….and guess who the Napo called, when it was pointed out that her actions against the Chancellor are “illegal”….

     

    1. Jerry Waszczuk

      Marina

      I have problem to understand why many folks even on this forum are so hateful toward Chancellor . I don’t know where from  viciousness and hate is coming from . Constantly she being lynching by same group of people . What’s wrong with these folks .? Is this Katehi’s name , accent , nationality? Do you have any clue because I have no any explanation of such behavior . It is just not normal . I don’t believe that Chancellor affected anybody life who writes on  this forum in negative or harmful way .Incredible.

       

      1. Alan Miller

        Speaking for myself, anyone who knows me can tell you I hate Greeks, women, and people who peddle cookies in the Coho.  And no one ever called me normal.

  13. SODA

    Jerry

    wuth respect, I am offended that you have repeatedly used the word “lynching”. Could you please refrain from using that word.

    Thank you.

    1. Jerry Waszczuk

      SODA

      I don’t write on this forum under nick name and lynch and slander  others with my words. If I write something and I make allegations than I have documents to  back up my allegations . This is a different between us . You don’t tell me what words I have to use . Lynch is not a vulgar that I can not use . The rules are that you are not accusing  other people of wrongdoing under nick name if you have some brain left in your head.

        1. Alan Miller

          >I am sorry you will not refrain and I will not address you again.

          Best if everyone did that, but there’s no sign on the wall of this forum (yet) that yet says, “Please Don’t Feed the Paranoid Egos”.

      1. Alan Miller

        >The rules are that you are not accusing  other people of wrongdoing under nick name if you have some brain left in your head.

        Yeah, that’s the rules, right everyone?

  14. DavidSmith

    MAli

    Thanks for filling in the information. Despite of what you have posted, the original statement “She has  no experience with the typical educational, ,research and publishing; activities of academics. She has no experience in driving innovation.” still holds.

    You act as though these two are ill equipped to run UC but you really know nothing about their extensive experience with running large institutions or universities. Before attacking Napolitano for supposedly not being an academic did you look into how her experience in Arizona prepared her for the role she plays now? Obviously you didn’t and I doubt either did the authors of this attack.

    Academic institutions thrive on innovation and innovation is the result of academic frequency. Academic institutions should be run by academics and be free of external political influence. This is the sole reason why US universities lead the world in its education and research.

    It is funny and sad that you, and probably a good number of the general public, think that Jerry Brown and Napolitano could run universities by close-door meetings better than professors. They are indeed ill equipped to run UC

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