Sunday, May 14, 2006

Under Fire, UC Chief Sticks to His Guns

Days before a crucial regents meeting over irregularities in executive pay, Robert C. Dynes says he has no plans to step down.

By Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
May 14, 2006

Two prominent lawmakers want him to resign over an executive pay scandal that has shaken the state's top public university system. A third legislator demands his firing. And he has been criticized in newspaper editorials up and down the state.

But just days before a make-or-break appearance before his governing board, University of California President Robert C. Dynes said he had no plans to step down.

"In my guts, sure, to some extent it would be easier to go back to my laboratory," Dynes, an experimental physicist, said in a telephone interview. "But I'm not going to. It would be less stressful, frankly, but this university is worth the effort."

For months, UC and its president have struggled to emerge from the controversy over executive salaries and benefits that erupted after media reports in the fall that the university had spent millions on questionable or undisclosed compensation, even as it raised student fees. Two recent audits have found that UC leaders systematically violated or circumvented policies in order to give extra money or perks to top administrators and faculty. A third, covering an even broader group of managers, is expected to be released this week.


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I'm sorry to hear you're under stress Bob. You above all people should know that stress can kill. That's what happened to Todd after you, Nanos, and Jones set him up for something he had nothing to do with. I can tell you from personal experience that it is far more stressful to be accused of something you didn't do. At least you have the comfort of knowing that your signature is on numerous documents proving what you did.

You should consider going back to your lab while that option is still open to you. That is a luxury Todd no longer has.
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