Monday, February 27, 2006
Lawmakers seek UC reform
Almost everyone agrees that changes are needed at the University of California to regain the public trust. But there's no consensus on how to improve management of the $19 billion enterprise.
That became clear after a three-hour legislative hearing in Sacramento on Wednesday, the second hearing in two weeks that focused on the university's compensation practices.
A series of newspaper reports, which prompted the hearings, has left university officials embarrassed about pay issues, including: a $300,000 sabbatical for M.R.C. Greenwood, the provost who resigned after hiring her business partner in violation of UC policy; a $200,000 settlement for Celeste Rose, who lost her vice chancellor's position at UC Davis; and a $30,000 dog run built for Denice Denton, the chancellor at UC Santa Cruz.
And that may not be all.
"There will be more stories until we clear it up," UC President Robert Dynes told the Senate Education Committee.