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UC names search committee to find new Davis chancellor

UC Davis students react to Katehi resignation

On the day Linda Katehi announced her resignation, some students had strong opinions about her decision. Katehi faced many allegations leading up to her resignation on Tuesday, August 9.
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On the day Linda Katehi announced her resignation, some students had strong opinions about her decision. Katehi faced many allegations leading up to her resignation on Tuesday, August 9.

The University of California Office of the President named a committee Tuesday to help find a new chancellor to replace Linda P.B. Katehi, who resigned last month as UC Davis leader under a cloud of controversy.

The search committee will help recruit, screen and conduct interviews with candidates. It will recommend a candidate to UC President Janet Napolitano in January for consideration, according to a press release. Napolitano will then make a recommendation to the UC Regents.

Besides Napolitano, the search committee includes:

▪ UC Regents Monica Lozano, Bonnie Reiss, George Kieffer, Charlene Zettel and Harvey Brody

▪ Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, D-Paramount, also a UC regent

▪ Vice Chairman of the UC Academic Senate Shane White

▪ UC Davis faculty representatives Diana Farmer, Rachael Goodhue and Ari Kelman

▪ Oscar Dubon, a UC Berkeley materials science and engineering professor and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientist

▪ Student Elly Oltersdorf

▪ Brian Riley, 2010-11 chair of the UC Davis Graduate Student Association

▪ Cal Aggie Alumni Association President Debby Stegura

▪ UC Davis department of chemistry administrator Jessica Potts

▪ UC Davis Foundation past president Mike Child

The committee will meet for the first time on Sept. 27 at the UC Davis Pavilion in a closed session. It is accepting comments from the public via email at davischancellor@imsearch.com.

The firm Isaacson, Miller will assist in the search for a new chancellor. The search firm has offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C.

Katehi resigned in August after UC officials released investigative findings conducted by outside counsel. While Katehi was cleared of the most serious allegations related to nepotism and misspending university funds, she violated some university policies for filing travel expenses and serving on corporate boards, according to a report issued by the UC Office of the President. 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 Napolitano and the media.

Katehi faced scrutiny since The Sacramento Bee reported in March that she had accepted a board seat with DeVry Education Group as it faced a federal investigation into whether it misled students. She did not receive final sign-off from Napolitano before accepting the seat, from which she would have received $170,000 annually in stock and salary. Katehi resigned that position under pressure within days of accepting it.

The Bee also reported that Katehi had a lucrative board seat with textbook publisher John Wiley & Sons and hired firms to alter search engine results that tied UC Davis to the 2011 pepper-spraying of student protesters.

Napolitano placed Katehi on paid administrative leave April 27 before the UC Davis chancellor resigned.

Katehi was chancellor for seven years. She will remain as a full-time faculty member after a yearlong paid sabbatical at her chancellor salary of $424,360.

Ralph Hexter, the former provost, will continue to serve as acting chancellor until a new chancellor is found, according to the University of California.

Diana Lambert: 916-321-1090, @dianalambert

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