Mar 20, 2008
(03-20) 15:56 PDT SAN FRANCISCO --
University of Texas Chancellor Mark G. Yudof was recommended Thursday to become the next president of the 10-campus University of California system, one of the most influential institutions in the state.
A special committee charged with selecting a new leader to succeed Robert Dynes, who announced plans to resign last summer, forwarded its recommendation to UC's governing Board of Regents, which is expected to approve it next week.
"We believe Mark Yudof, besides being a brilliant lawyer and a visionary president also has a history of being a good manager," said Richard Blum, chairman of the Board of Regents and head of the 10-member selection committee. "We came to the conclusion that he is the best."
Blum, who spoke after a two-hour meeting at the UCSF Mission Bay campus between the selection committee and Yudof, declined to say how much the university would offer Yudof but acknowledged "He is expensive."
According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Yudof is among the highest-paid leaders of a public university in the nation, with a total compensation of $742,209 in fiscal 2006-07.
In a previous interview about the presidency, Blum said he thought money should not be a consideration in getting the right person for the job. However, President Dynes is currently paid $405,000 in base salary plus a car allowance of $8,916.
As president of UC, Yudof will oversee the nation's most prestigious public university system, as well as have a strong influence in overseeing three national labs - Los Alamos, Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore.
Yudof has been chancellor of the highly regarded University of Texas system, which has 185,000 students on nine campuses plus six health institutions since August 2002.
Dynes had been at the center of controversy after The Chronicle disclosed that millions of dollars in extra compensation and questionable perks had been handed to top executives without telling the public or regents. The Chronicle's findings, reported in 2005 and 2006, were followed by three state and university audits that showed a management meltdown in which UC administrators sometimes flouted, circumvented and violated university policies governing pay and perks.
Yudof has some ties to the University of California as a former visiting professor at UC Berkeley.
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