California legislators continue to push for UC Davis’s chancellor’s resignation

UC DavisTwo state lawmakers took to Twitter on Thursday and joined the growing chorus of Democratic legislators who are calling for the resignation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi after a series of unflattering stories by The Sacramento Bee.

On Wednesday, The Sacramento Bee reported that the university paid consultants at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative postings about thepepper-spraying of students in 2011, in an effort to improve the school’s and the chancellor’s reputations.

The Bee also reported that between 2009 and 2015, the school’s strategic communications budget increased from $2.93 million to $5.47 million.

In response, Democratic Assemblymembers Freddie Rodriguez of Pomona and Mike Gatto of Los Angeles took to Twitter to condemn Katehi and demand her resignation.

Other incidents

In March, it was reported that Katehi, who receives $424,360 annually as chancellor, earned an additional $420,000 between 2012 and 2014 as a board member for textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons.

Katehi had also came under fire in March for violating University of California policy by accepting a $70,000 per-year seat on the board of DeVry, a for-profit university.

Katehi has since stepped down from DeVry board and pledged $200,000 in John Wiley & Sons stock to a scholarship fund. And she apologized.

But those actions weren’t enough and Democratic Assemblymembers Luis Alejo of Watsonville, Lorena Gonzalez of San Diego, Kevin McCarty of Sacramento and Evan Low of Campbell had called for her resignation, who Gatto and Rodriguez have now joined.

In Katehi’s defense

UC Davis spokesperson Dana Topousis would not say whether Katehi intended to step down (which likely means the answer is “no”). In a statement responding to only the most recent article from The Sacramento Bee, Topousis defended the overall cost of communications.

Here is the entire statement:

“Communicating the value of UC Davis is an essential element of our campus’s education, research, and larger public service mission. Increased investment in social media and communications strategy has heightened the profile of the university to good effect.

“As part of this overall communications strategy, it is important that the excellent work underway at UC Davis with respect to educating the next generation of students, pursuing groundbreaking research, and providing important services to the State is not lost during a campus crisis, including the crisis that ensued following the extremely regrettable incident when police pepper-sprayed student protesters in 2011. Communication efforts during this time were part of the campus’s strategic communication strategy. In fact, one of the main objectives during this time was to train staff on how to effectively use digital media to improve engagement with our stakeholders.

“Communicating the value of UC Davis is among the many reasons why our campus was able to increase its endowment to $1 billion last year, garner more than $700 million in research grants, and attract the highest caliber of students and faculty from around the country, with a record number of student applications this year.

“Most of the growth in the communications budget is tied to raising the visibility of our College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the School of Veterinary Medicine, both rated the best in the nation.

Originally published by CalWatchdog.com

Comments

  1. As one who spent 40 years in educational film and publishing, in all phases of the business from writing, production and marketing I can tell you that the only way any publisher would pay anyone $450,000 to be on a board was if they were getting several times that back in sales. If that were not the case the CEO would be fired at the next meeting.

    Our greatest problem in this country has been corruption at all levels from government from the town road contracts to the wars of Washington, every one of which since WWII was for money and power.

    America is bankrupt today, but few realize it as government has corrupted our press and only the Internet is saving us.

    Google “Two Minute Conservative” for clarity.

  2. Any time political representatives of the DNC protest something it is usually because somewhere down the road it will cause them to lose votes or additional revenue to their coffers. What is the real reason this time? Sounds to me she is a “Git it done” person..

  3. Corruption at Davis is old had, and padding the numbers a Tenure Track tactic for the radical Misandry machine. SEE

    Jail For UC Davis Embezzler
    http://calwatchdog.com/2011/06/06/jail-for-uc-davis-embezzler/

    Former UC Davis official Jennifer Beeman was sentenced on Thursday to 180 days in jail and five years probation… Beeman pleaded no contest to two felony counts of embezzlement and falsifying accounts.
    Neither charge involved her falsification of campus sexual assault statistics.

    For 16 years Beeman headed the UC Davis Campus Violence Prevention Program (CVPP)…

    = the highly touted administrator proved creative with statistics, charging that as many as 700 UC Davis students were victims of rape or attempted rape. UC Davis eventually acknowledged the exaggerations.

    Beeman “significantly over-reported the number of forcible sex offenses that were committed on and around campus in 2005, 2006 and 2007,” the university said in a press release,,,

    UC Davis officials would not tell CalWatchdog whether the university had disciplined or censured Beeman over the falsified statistics.

  4. It is unfortunate that “once agan” UC. Davis hits the news. Or is it that the entire UC system is in the news.

    I was doing a very exhaustive research project at UC Davis and it was corrupted by staff/faculty that did not want a pet project of theirs to be proven both inefficient and false. They were part of a project that the professors were involved in that made them millions.

    Kaheli was only following in the footsteps.

    Now about Janet N………time to start getting rid of political dead wood.

  5. Gaming the system is not only in full bloom in California’s education system,take a hard look at every state agency,a really hard look and you will find out that you are the victim of backdoor rape every time you turn around.

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