Tuesday, May 23, 2006
By Eleanor Yang
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
May 23, 2006
New questions are being raised about a controversial $248,000 payout UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox received last year for a sabbatical she said she earned at a previous institution.
Details from an audit presented to University of California regents last week show the decision to pay Fox for the sabbatical before she took it – an unprecedented practice for the university – appears to have lacked ultimate approval by the university.
UC administrators said the university's practice is to honor the sabbatical credits earned at previous institutions for certain recruited administrators. That means providing them with the opportunity to take a year's sabbatical to conduct research and be paid the appropriate amount during that time.