UC President’s Response to GSA Resolution. ASUCD stands with GSA. UC Student Body Presidents speak with UC President. GSA General Assembly conditionally authorizes Search Advisory Committee representative to resign.
UC President Responds to GSA Resolution
On October 18, UC President Janet Napolitano send a letter in response to the GSA resolution condemning the chancellors search.
- “I value broad engagement by the Davis community in a process as consequential as this one to the campus. In particular, I am eager for high levels of student engagement.”
- “Beyond the fact that this process is consistent with Regents Policy, it is designed to produce the very best outcome for the campus.”
Clarifications on Information in Letter
- The correct spelling of my name is Brock. (Source: Personal Identification)
- ASUC is Berkeley’s student government and as far as I am aware has not been involved in engagement efforts for Davis’ Chancellor search. ASUCD is UC Davis’ undergraduate student government which I believe is the organization she is referring to throughout the letter. (Source: ASUC, ASUCD websites)
- UC Davis GSA was not consulted on the selection of students to speak at Campus Day. I was invited to speak. (Source: E-mail, phone, and in person communications with AVC Milton Lang’s staff)
- The town hall referred to in the the third bullet was jointly hosted by GSA and ASUCD. This town hall was open to all students and attended by both graduate and undergraduate students. (Source: Publicity relating to town hall including flier, facebook event, and e-mail sent to all students.)
- Regarding the statement “I understand the Davis Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Milton Lang, worked with ASUC President, Alex Lee, to develop a survey that could be sent to all students regarding what they hope to see in a new Chancellor.”, I believe this refers to the “What do we want to see in our next chancellor?” communication tool. This tool was develop by UC Davis Academic Senate in consultation with ASUCD, GSA, and Staff Assembly. It was implemented by UC Davis Strategic Communications. (Source: E-mail, documentation, and in person communication with Edwin Arevalo, Executive director of Academic Senate) AVC Milton Lang did discuss this survey with ASUCD President Alex Lee in addition Alex Lee’s direct communication with Academic Senate. (Source: In person communication with Alex Lee)
ASUCD Stands with GSA
On October 23, ASUCD voted to pass a resolution condemning the chancellor search mirroring the resolution passed by our General Assembly at the last meeting.
Council of President’s Meeting
On October 26, the chancellor search was the top item on the agenda at fall quarter UC Council of Student Body Presidents meeting with UC President Janet Napolitano. Our discussion included the following topics:
- Amending Regents’ policy to require inclusion of Student Regent, Student Regent Designate, or Student Adviser
- Concern about diversity of candidates being considered
- Potential release of anonymized data on candidate demographics, experience, viewpoints (eg Yes/No response regarding issues impacting the campus).
As she did on Campus Day, UC President Napolitano assured me that the role of the the search firm, the search advisory committee, and the faculty subcommittee would be publicly released. She was surprised to learn that the UC Davis website on the chancellor search still lists the town halls as upcoming and does not have the information on the mechanics of how the search is being conducted. She also stated that she would not recommend a candidate who was red-lighted by the search committee.
GSA Authorizes Search Advisory Committee Representative to Resign
At their November 2 meeting, the GSA General Assembly voted unanimously to authorize Brian Riley to submit his two-week notice of resignation from the search advisory committee for the next UC Davis chancellor to the chair of the committee, Janet Napolitano. If submitted, the notice will remain in effect until the following concessions are agreed to:
- Chair Napolitano agrees to run the committee meetings according to Robert’s Rules, including submitting a proposed agenda for each meeting in advance.
- Chair Napolitano agrees that non-committee members (including employees of the private search firm) shall not speak during committee meetings unless asked for points of clarification.
- Chair Napolitano agrees to immediately release a list of demographics of the current candidate pool (including ethnicity, gender, and current position title) and will release updated information after every meeting.
- Chair Napolitano agrees to immediately release a statement on the role of the faculty subcommittee, the full committee, and the search firm.
- Chair Napolitano agrees that no candidates will be invited to be interviewed or considered to be finalists unless they have been first approved by the committee.