An evening with UC President Marc Yudof

On Thursday November 4th 2010,  UC President Marc Yudof  “will address the Orange County Jewish Community”,  according to an advertisement placed in the October 2010  edition of the Orange County Jewish Life Magazine.  The Event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation & Family Services and the Rose Project.

In a July 6, 2010, L A Times  article, Yudof described a Letter signed by the Orange County Independent Task Force on anti-Semitism and 11 major Jewish organizations concerning campus anti-Semitism , as an  “dishearteningly ill-informed rush to judgment.” It should be very interesting to hear his current perspective on campus anti-Semitism and how the University of California proposes to deal with racism and anti-Semitism on it’s campuses.

Click here for Yudof”s response letter to 12 concerned Jewish organizations.

See also:

UCI FACULTY LETTER UPDATE: “Some community members, students, and faculty indeed feel intimidated, and at times even unsafe.”

2 Responses

  1. That should be a gala affair; two guys (Yudof and Elcott) congratulating each other on the great things they are doing to counter anti-Semitism on the UCI campus.

    Whoops. Did I say anti-Semitism? Silly me. It doesn’t exist.

  2. UC President Yudof you have a problem of leadership at UC Berkeley. UC Berkeley’s recent elimination of popular sports programs highlighted endemic problems in the university’s management. Chancellor Robert J Birgeneau’s eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He would like to blame the politicians in Sacramento, since they stopped giving him every dollar he has asked for, and the state legislators do share some responsibility for the financial crisis. But not in the sense he means.
    A competent chancellor would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the UC Board of Regents and the California legislature would have required him to provide data on problems and on what steps he was taking to solve them. Instead, every year Birgeneau would request a budget increase, the regents would agree to it, and the legislature would provide. The hard questions were avoided by all concerned, and the problems just piled up to $150 million….until there was no money left.
    It’s not that Birgeneau was unaware that there were, in fact, waste and inefficiencies in the system. Faculty and staff have raised issues with senior management, but when they failed to see relevant action taken, they stopped. Finally, Birgeneau engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain , to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization and the academic senate..
    From time to time, a whistleblower would bring some glaring problem to light, but the chancellor’s response was to dig in and defend rather than listen and act. Since UC has been exempted from most whistleblower lawsuits, there are ultimately no negative consequences for maintaining inefficiencies.
    In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC president, Board of Regents, and California legislators to jolt UC Berkeley back to life, applying some simple check-and-balance management principles. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, students, staff, academic senate, Cal. alumni, and taxpayers await the transformation.

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