Second lawmaker calls for Katehi to resign as UC Davis chief
Assemblyman Evan Low joins Kevin McCarty’s call for Katehi to step down
Low, D-Campbell, is a member of the Higher Education Committee
Both legislators cite Bee reports on her corporate board participation
Patty Couse-Baker The Sacramento Bee
A second state legislator has called on UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi to step down, citing reports in The Sacramento Bee that she served on corporate boards and received outside pay.
Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, a member of the Assembly’s Higher Education Committee, issued a written statement earlier this week calling for her to step down.
“Recent revelations show that Chancellor Katehi has received an outside compensation of $420,000 on top of her already hefty taxpayer-funded executive pay,” Low said in the statement issued Tuesday. “She was also engaged with a board that is being investigated for false claims regarding their students’ success.
“Her personal interests and financial gains have strayed away from the interests and mission of the University and its students. I join my colleague Assemblymember Kevin McCarty in calling on Chancellor Katehi to resign from UC Davis. These activities are distracting her from her role as chancellor and could further damage the name and image of the University.”
McCarty, D-Sacramento, chairman of the Assembly budget subcommittee overseeing education finance, called for her to resign last week after revelations in The Bee that Katehi had agreed to join the board of the for-profit DeVry Education Group without prior approval from UC President Janet Napolitano.
DeVry is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly inflating its job placement statistics, and Napolitano said Wednesday that position was not an appropriate one for Katehi to have accepted.
Katehi also has been criticized for serving as a paid member of the board of John Wiley & Sons during the 2012-2014 fiscal years, earning $420,000.
Katehi since has apologized, resigned from DeVry and donated $200,000 in Wiley & Sons stock to student scholarships.
The San Francisco Chronicle editorial board called Thursday for Katehi’s departure, while the Los Angeles Daily News editorial board wrote Tuesday it “wouldn’t be sorry to see her resign or be removed.” The chancellor also finds herself the subject of a planned “Fire Katehi” rally by a student group at the campus on Friday.
Katehi has sparked controversy since she was named to the UC Davis post in 2009, and in 2011 weathered a firestorm of criticism over campus police pepper-spraying students during a peaceful tuition protest on campus.
Napolitano said in an interview Wednesday with The Bee that she supports the chancellor.
“When you look at the performance of Davis academically, when you look at it competitively, when you look at money raised, all the kinds of things that benefit a campus, she’s been a very good and effective leader,” Napolitano said. “So the question is, to me, what is the proportional punishment that’s right in this circumstance?
“And is having a chancellor who’s overall doing a very good job resign in the middle of the school year, who does that really hurt? I think in the end it will hurt Davis, I think it will hurt the campus. And I want to work with her to prevent this from occurring, for sure, but also on accomplishing the very beneficial plans she has underway for the campus.”
“When you look at the performance of Davis academically, when you look at it competitively, when you look at money raised, all the kinds of things that benefit a campus, she’s been a very good and effective leader,”
And here, I and many other people, including the Students, the Residents, the Professors, and the majority of the staff will disagree. She has tripled the workload by cutting the working staff, and cutting the Pensions of those he did stay by half while take a 400 percent increase in the pensions for life of other $500k a year managers (who have done nothing but whine they aren't getting paid enough), dismantled students programs which caused thousands of Seniors to not be able to graduate after spending 5 to 6 years going for their Degrees (which is what caused the protests in the first place), and is having Building constructed on Tax Payers money, while outsourcing them to her buddies who are making Millions in Profits, while not paying a dime in maintenance or upkeep, and hiring Minimum wage, no benefits, less than 30 hours a week staff that are not having background checks, putting them in with 18-24 years students. Unless of course they hire the students themselves, who are then paid less than minimum wage, no benefits and given double shifts (we have some as residents). All in all, it is always 'Ms Katehi who calls for "austerity" in all things but her and her buddies salaries and pensions, giving us the old, tired, worn out meme of "but we have to pay them excessively to get good talents". We are wondering when those talents will arrive.This is another example of the C.L.a M. chowder(heads). They want a million dollars a year, free medical, with a $250K pension for the rest of their lives (for 10 years of work) to piss and moan over it not being enough to live on, while expecting the workers to live on one two hundredth of that, and a $5K a year pension while making us pay for the medical to the tune of $500 per monthNeedless to say, she is now getting another protest.