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Search firm hired to find UC Davis replacement for Linda Katehi

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 has named Isaacson, Miller to head a global search for a new UC Davis chancellor to replace Linda P.B. Katehi.

A committee made up of UC faculty, staff, students, alumni, regents and UC Davis Foundation representatives will help review candidates for the position, according to UCOP officials. The names of committee members will be released next month.

Isaacson, Miller contracts with numerous universities and has offices in San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. University officials didn’t respond to a request for the cost of the search firm.

The search committee is expect to recommend a new chancellor to the UC Board of Regents early next year.

Ralph J. Hexter will continue as acting chancellor during the search. He was the provost at UC Davis before he replaced Katehi after she resigned Aug. 9.

Katehi’s resignation came after UC officials released investigative findings that largely cleared her of the most serious allegations but found she violated some university policies for filing travel expenses and serving on corporate boards. 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 UC President Janet Napolitano and the media.

The chancellor had been on paid administrative leave since April 27.

Katehi faced scrutiny since March, when The Sacramento Bee reported 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.

Other revelations included the expenditure of at least $175,000 by UC Davis to scrub the internet of references to a 2011 incident in which campus police pepper-sprayed nonviolent student protesters, drawing worldwide headlines. The Bee also reported that Katehi flew first class, hired tour guides, took limousines and made numerous expensive travel changes that were billed to the University of California.

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.

Diana Lambert: 916-321-1090, @dianalambert

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