L.A. Times Q&A with President Yudof
In a far-reaching conversation with Los Angeles Times columnist Patt Morrison that ran earlier this week, President Mark Yudof talks about how he’s doing as UC’s president, his relationship California Governor Jerry Brown, and whether it’s time to re-think California’s Master Plan for Higher Education. Here’s a taste:
Q: You’ve used the Ed Koch line, “How’m I doing?” After 2 ½ years, how’re you doing?
A: I think we’re doing well, and I don’t mean to be Pollyanna-ish. We have a $20-billion shortfall, long run, in the pension plan. I think it’s going to take 20 years to dig our way out, but we have a plan. We put the new [student] eligibility standard into effect; it’s going to be a less mechanical admission [process], looking at the whole student record. We’re putting in place a 10-campus payroll system. The faculty has been very loyal; we haven’t lost an untoward number of people.