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Re: [xmca] Your University, or Yodof's? (U Cal)

Yudof's quite the carpetbagger.

the following isn't negative but speaks to Yudof's propensity for climbing 
the ranks and padding his resume

Mark G. Yudof 1997?2002
Mark Yudof, a Philadelphia native and lawyer, served as executive vice 
president and provost at the University of Texas prior to becoming the 
University's 14th president in 1997. He traveled throughout Minnesota to 
learn what its citizens wanted from their University and its new 
president. In time, he would become known for his wit, his love of 
pancakes, and his building and beautification initiatives. In his October 
17, 1997, Inaugural Address, Yudof emphasized the importance of achieving 
a balance between access and excellence, cautioning his audience, "If we 
do not provide reasonable access...the state government will turn their 
backs on graduate education and research." He subsequently identified six 
key programmatic priorities: agriculture; molecular and cellular biology; 
design; digital technology; new media studies; and continued attention to 
undergraduate education. 
A major achievement of Yudof's first year was his success with the 
governor and the legislature. Aided by a strong state economy and a budget 
surplus, Yudof put together a proposal that won unprecedented support for 
academic priorities, historic preservation, and new construction. A record 
$207 million in the state bonding bill led to new buildings on each of the 
campuses. In the second legislative session of Yudof's presidency, funding 
was strong but not as spectacular. To supplement legislative support, 
Yudof announced a private fund-raising campaign in October 1998. As had 
been true of the first private campaign launched in 1986, this was among 
the highest dollar goals set by a public university. When the campaign 
ended in 2003, more than $1.6 billion had been raised for scholarships, 
endowed chairs, research, and other initiatives. 
In 1999, Yudof was tested by allegations of NCAA rules violations in men's 
basketball on the Twin Cities campus. Three years later, he restructured 
men's and women's athletics on the Twin Cities campus, combining them 
under a single administrative head. Academic initiatives moved forward, as 
did administrative enhancements such as moving from the quarter to the 
semester system, developing and refining computer-based financial aid and 
registration systems, and strategic compacts, between the administration 
and the University's individual campuses, colleges, and service units that 
tied additional resources to specific desired outcomes. 
In 2001, Yudof was approached about returning to Texas as chancellor, but 
he refused to let his name be considered. The following year, however, he 
was again approached, and this time he accepted the offer. 
Yudof's five years as Minnesota president were marked by steady progress 
toward his major goals. Legislative generosity and success in private 
fundraising led to substantial new construction, restoration, and 
improvements on each of the campuses. In the Twin Cities, freshman 
seminars were established (including one taught by Yudof himself), and for 
the first time in more than 20 years, incoming freshmen gathered at 
Northrop for student convocations. 
Following Yudof's departure in August 2002, the regents ensured continuity 
of leadership by selecting Executive Vice President and Provost Robert 
Bruininks as interim president. Initially, Bruininks asked not to be 
considered for the permanent position; however, after a national search 
convinced them that Bruininks would be a strong contender, the regents 
persuaded him to be a candidate. In November 2002, he became the 15th 
president of the University. 
Source: Stanford Lehmberg and Ann M. Pflaum, The University of Minnesota, 
1945-2000 (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2001), 255?317. 

Tony Whitson <twhitson@UDel.Edu>
Sent by: xmca-bounces@weber.ucsd.edu
10/19/2009 11:41 AM
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        Subject:        [xmca] Your University, or Yodof's? (U Cal)

"You are using the budget shortfall as an excuse to transform UC into just 

another mega-corporation with all the bloated executive salaries, jet set 
perks, showy new buildings and tough sacrifices by regular employees this 
change entails."

So says a website at
which has a paid link on the Chronicle Review site

Over recent weeks Mike has been mentioning various aspects of what's going 

on there at the University of California.

(For those who do not know, Yudof is the president of the U of C system, 
which includes Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego (where Mike is), Santa Cruz, 

Tony Whitson
UD School of Education
NEWARK  DE  19716


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