At long last, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi has been removed from her position, pending administrative review of a few untoward things, including spending students' tuition money to scrub social media of the image of a cop pepper-spraying students.
And to think parents and students could have saved themselves well over a million dollars if she had simply been suspended after the horrendous way she handled the pepper spray incident a few years back.
The chancellor, Linda P.B. Katehi, had been the target of student protests and criticism by California lawmakers. In addition to the controversy over paying to improve the university’s online profile, she had been criticized for receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation from a publisher of student textbooks and a for-profit education company, which critics said were conflicts of interest.
A statement released late on Wednesday by Janet Napolitano, the president of the University of California system, said investigations would include “questions about the campus’s employment and compensation of some of the chancellor’s immediate family members, the veracity of the chancellor’s accounts of her involvement in contracts related to managing both the campus’s and her personal reputation on social media, and the potential improper use of student fees.”
“The president, with the support of the leadership of the Board of Regents, has determined it is in the best interest of U.C. Davis that Chancellor Katehi be placed on investigatory administrative leave from her position as chancellor pending the outcome of this investigation,” Ms. Napolitano said in the statement.
This is a chancellor of a public university, who made well over $400,000 per year in that position. Skimming payments from textbook companies? Scrubbing social media? Good riddance, and maybe they can drop the fees by a few dollars for incoming students.