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Lawmaker shifts course, now says UC Davis chancellor should remain

A group of protestors marches toward the chancellor’s office on the UC Davis campus in Davis on Friday, March 11, 2016. Organized by the UC Student Workers Union, approximately 35 students marched across campus to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s office to insist on her resignation.
A group of protestors marches toward the chancellor’s office on the UC Davis campus in Davis on Friday, March 11, 2016. Organized by the UC Student Workers Union, approximately 35 students marched across campus to UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi’s office to insist on her resignation. rbenton@sacbee.com

Four days after calling on UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi to resign, Assemblyman Jim Cooper said Monday that he now believes she should remain in her post.

Cooper, D-Elk Grove, was one of five state legislators who called for Katehi’s removal over her acceptance of seats on private corporate boards, but changed his mind after Katehi apologized to students in a letter Thursday and after she spoke to Cooper by phone.

“Given her apology and explanation to the students of UC Davis, I believe that it is in the best interest of our students and the public that she remain in her position and continue the work she is doing for our region,” Cooper said in a statement issued Monday by his office.

Katehi has been under fire since revelations that she accepted a seat on the board of DeVry Education Group, which is being sued by the Federal Trade Commission over allegations of misleading advertising.

UC President Janet Napolitano told The Sacramento Bee earlier this month that Katehi should not have accepted the DeVry seat but that she should remain at UC Davis.

Despite that, students seeking her resignation staged a protest March 11 on campus that led to them conducting a sit-in in the lobby outside her office since then. Katehi met with them briefly last Tuesday, but they said they were not satisfied and plan to continue their sit-in.

Sam Stanton: 916-321-1091, @StantonSam

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