UC-Berkeley vice chancellor listing in Piedmont
Frank Yeary paid $7.8 million for this 8,272-square-foot home in May 2008. It was designed by Albert Farr and features original architectural detailing.Full Story
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#1 Feb 28, 2011
Just how widespread is the budget crisis at University of California Berkeley? University of California Chancellor Robert J Birgeneauís ($500,000 salary) eight-year fiscal track record is dismal indeed. He, Provost Bresleur and Vice-Chancellor Yeary would like to blame the politicians, since they stopped giving them every dollar they 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 and vice-chancellor Yeary would have been on top of identifying inefficiencies in the system and then crafting a plan to fix them. Competent oversight by the Board of Regents and the legislature would have required them to provide data on problems and on what steps they were 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 of inefficienciesÖ.until there was no money left.
Itís 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 ($500,000 salary) engaged some expensive ($3 million) consultants, Bain & Company, to tell him what he should have been able to find out from the bright, engaged people in his own organization.
In short, there is plenty of blame to go around. Merely cutting out inefficiencies will not have the effect desired. But you never want a serious crisis to go to waste. An opportunity now exists for the UC President, Chairman of the UC Board of Regents Gould, California Legislators to jolt Cal back to life, applying some simple oversight check-and-balance management practices. Increasing the budget is not enough; transforming senior management is necessary. The faculty, Academic Senate, Cal. Alumni, financial donors, benefactors await Cal senior managementís transformation.
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The author,who has 35 yearsí consulting experience, has taught at University of California Berkeley, where he was able to observe the culture and the way senior management work.
(UC Berkeley ranking tumbles from 2nd best. The reality of UC Berkeley relative decline is clear. In 2004, for example, the London-based Times Higher Education ranked UC Berkeley the second leading research university in the world, just behind Harvard; in 2009 that ranking had tumbled to 39th place. By 2011 the ranking had not returned to 2nd best)
#2 Mar 1, 2011
No story here, his house his money. None of your or my business.
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