UC President Mark Yudof is Resigning…

Dear Friends,

We have sad, sad news to report.

On March 4, 2010, President Mark “I got into public education by accident” Yudof will be resigning his post as President of the world’s premier public university. This heart-rending news was slipped to us by trusted sources. You can find President Yudof’s full resignation letter on www.MarkYudof.com (we have also pasted it below in its entirety).

As we all know, President Yudof has been an ardent defender of the privatization struggle, often taking extraordinary measures to reduce student diversity, enlarge class sizes, and  expand the autocratic administration of the University of California.

While President Yudof bravely slashed the jobs of campus employees by the thousands, gave professors an 8% pay cut, and instituted furloughs for everyone else, he heroically increased top administrator earnings and refused to take a pay cut that would reduce his salary to what the President of the United States receives annually. And who could ever forget all those nifty fee hikes he oversaw!

Despite his goofy appearance, President Yudof has served as a model spokesperson for the UC even once likening it to “a graveyard.”

We thank you President Yudof for forcing your courageous vision for the UC (as tunnel-like as it sometimes might have been) on students, faculty, and campus employees without taking into consideration their thoughts or concerns.

The immense success of your tenure at the UC has reaffirmed our belief that portly old white men really do know what is best for everyone. Your respect for the word “sovereignty” has inspired us all and we will miss you dearly.

My Decision to Resign

March 4, 2010

To the members of the U.C. Community and beyond:

I want to be the first to inform you of my decision to resign as President of the University of California. It has become clear to me over the past several months that my service as president is detrimental to the future of public education in the state of California. As of today, March 4, 2010, I hereby resign my tenure as President.

This was not an easy decision. After considering the future of public education in this state, I have come to believe that efficiency may not be the only factor worth considering in terms of how to run the U.C. I have been struck by the vibrancy of the student occupations and the energy around organizing against the budget cuts. It is clear to me now that we must all do our part to avoid social death. In that spirit, I have decided to go back to school to study the history of social movements.

It is not enough to demand lower fees for students and proper funding for top notch research. We must rethink the entire structure of the University as the first step in rethinking the way our society itself is structured. I look forward to working together with you on this important project.

Sincerely Yours,

Mark Yudof



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4 responses to “UC President Mark Yudof is Resigning…

  1. remember Mario Savio:

    and this…

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.”
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
    – Martin Luther King Jr.

    “Non-violence is not inaction. It is not discussion. It is not for the timid or weak… Non-violence is hard work. It is the willingness to sacrifice. It is the patience to win.”
    –César Chávez

    “You are never strong enough that you don’t need help.”
    –Cesar Chavez

    “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
    –Cesar Chavez

    “Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. We have seen the future, and the future is ours.”
    –Cesar Chavez

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  3. Transparency

    Yudof’s UCB Chancellor Birgeneu loss of trust.The UCB budget gap has grown to $150 million, and still the Chancellor is spending money that isn’t there on expensive outside consultants. His reasons range from the need for impartiality to requiring the “innovative thinking, expertise, and new knowledge” the consultants would bring.

    Does this mean that the faculty and management of a world-class research and teaching institution lack the knowledge, impartiality, innovation, and professionalism to come up with solutions? Have they been fudging their research for years? The consultants will glean their recommendations from interviewing faculty and the UCB management that hired them; yet solutions could be found internally if the Chancellor were doing the job HE was hired to do. Consultant fees would be far better spent on meeting the needs of students.

    There can be only one conclusion as to why creative solutions have not been forthcoming from the professionals within UCB: Chancellor Birgeneau has lost credibility and the trust of the faculty as well as of the Academic Senate leadership that represents them. Even if the faculty agrees with the consultants’ recommendations – disagreeing might put their jobs in jeopardy – the underlying problem of lost credibility and trust will remain.

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