He says 'direction of my personal life has changed'
Charles Burress, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, August 13, 2007
(08-13) 11:06 PDT OAKLAND -- UC President Robert Dynes announced his resignation today, bringing a surprising end to his tenure.
He said he will serve until June 2008 or until a new president is named. However, he also disclosed that he has asked Provost Wyatt Hume to step in as the university's chief operating officer, effective immediately.
In a letter today to the governing Board of Regents, Dynes wrote: "Since it was my original intent to serve in this post for approximately five years, and as the direction of my personal life has changed substantially in the last couple of years, I write to inform you that I intend to step down in June 2008 or upon the appointment of my successor."
[Read Robert Dynes' letter of resignation and UC Chairman Richard Blum's letter to the Board of Regents. (PDFs)]
Dynes' acknowledged that his administration has endured "difficult pressures" because of public scrutiny of hidden executive compensation for top administrators, but he said generous pay packages were needed to attract top talent and that abuses occurred in "only a few instances."
Various audits of UC's executive compensation practices found scores of abuses over the years. One internal audit cited 113 cases where senior managers received extra pay or benefits as exceptions to established university policies. The same audit cited the cases of fourteen senior managers received incentive payments in violation of UC policy.
Dynes said he intends to return to his prior job on the faculty and resuming research in physics.
Dynes, a noted physicist, was the 60-year-old chancellor of UC San Diego in June 2003 when was picked to lead the university. He replaced President Richard Atkinson, who served eight years at the helm.
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