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Bridgepoint Education, the local operator of two private colleges specializing in online classes in Colorado and Iowa, is in the news again this morning with the announcement that Dr. Marye Anne Fox, Chancellor of UC San Diego, has joined its board of directors.

In addition to her role at UCSD, Fox currently sits on the board of trustees at Dartmouth College, and previously held a similar position with the University of Notre Dame. She additionally holds positions on the board of directors with the software company Red Hat Inc. and WR Grace & Co., a maker of construction products and chemicals.

Fox, holder of a Ph.D. in chemistry, last year was one of ten recipients of the National Medal of Science presented by President Obama. The award is the highest honor given to scientists in the United States.

“By harnessing creativity, knowledge and proprietary technologies, Bridgepoint Education is re-engineering the modern student experience,” Fox said in a company press release. “I am honored to join Bridgepoint Education's board of directors and look forward to being involved with this exciting organization.”

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Visduh Nov. 21, 2011 @ 4:18 p.m.

She will do anything for a paycheck. This is outrageous. I'm gonna be sick. She needs to go, pronto.

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paul Nov. 21, 2011 @ 4:45 p.m.

She has already resigned from UCSD, and is a lame duck.

The announcement was last July and will be effective this coming June (2012).

She was under heat a few years back for spending an inordinate amount of time serving on something like 12 BODs while president of UCSD. She also received an enormous relocation allowance ($248K) and living stipend (since they have semi-permanently closed the chancellor's residence in La Jolla Farms). She was getting about $83K per year for rent and $15K a year for utilities. Her base salary started at $350K

All that for a president that stayed for 6 years.

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Visduh Nov. 21, 2011 @ 5:23 p.m.

All of what you mention is true. Who says academia doesn't pay well? There was a time when I thought that universities, for all their curious practices, were generally morally unassailable. How naive I once was!

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 22, 2011 @ 1:10 a.m.

Paul-I remember everything you said-the Director positions, the housing allowance, all made the news bigtime.....

She is a $$$ whore. She is trying to milk her position for cent she can get.............everyone here, and everywhere else, knows Bridgepoint is a scam outfit, where they harm the many while helping very few, and lining their pockets with the poor's student loan money.

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Ponzi Nov. 21, 2011 @ 7:26 p.m.

Everyone has their price.

“I am honored to join Bridgepoint Education's board of directors and look forward to being involved with this exciting organization.”

No this is what your meant to say...

“I am honored to gain more income even if it means less prestige by joining Bridgepoint Education's board of directors and look forward to being paid handsomely by this organization.”

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Twister Nov. 23, 2011 @ 1:08 p.m.

The BIG question is how she got the UCSD job in the first place and what that says about the rest of the academic iceberg. It implies that the certification scam is alive and well at state institutions as well as "private" ones.

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Visduh Nov. 24, 2011 @ 9:41 a.m.

That is the big question for sure. She's supposed to be a scientist of some repute--Obama gave her a medal for her achievements recently. She was on that "who's who in US corporations" list of boards of directors when they hired her. The pay for all those positions must exceed a half million a year. Then the UC pays her a princely salary plus the housing allowance etc., etc. She's one of those one percenters for sure, but you can bet that she will stand in line in her chancellors role and cry poor mouth every time the UC system wants more money from the state, the feds, the alums, corporate America. With all those sources of income, she could, if she wanted to be magnanimous, offer to take no salary (or a token $1 a year) and still earn more money than she could ever spend.

Naw! Nevahappen.

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 23, 2011 @ 3:20 p.m.

I iwsh they had "like" buttons here for the comments, liek facebook does.....

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jv333 Nov. 24, 2011 @ 8:13 a.m.

the sad thing is ... Bridgepoint is anathema to higher education. They are scamming our veterans out of millions. and now, Foxe is lending her support to the scandal. UCSD students and alumni should be protesting and demanding her early ouster.

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Visduh Nov. 24, 2011 @ 9:49 a.m.

You are right. This should be a "cause celebre" on that campus right now. But the students there, along with most of the faculty (meaning researchers) don't pay attention to such things. Nearly everyone has his/her head down looking at his/her navel all the time. The employees are constantly grubbing for more research money from here, there, everywhere, and can think of nothing else. If you follow some of the Reader blogs regarding UCSD, they seldom get any or many comments. The alums generally feel no real bond to the place, and laugh at its pretensions. It is a true technocratic island in action. And it could be such a wonderful operation!

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SurfPuppy619 Nov. 24, 2011 @ 11:30 a.m.

11.the sad thing is ... Bridgepoint is anathema to higher education. They are scamming our veterans out of millions. and now, Foxe is lending her support to the scandal

1- YES, they are scamming the veterens big time, but also the taxpayers because the GI Bill/student loan money is being wasted

2- YES again, her being on th board brings a sliver of legitimacy to the school and we knwo it is not legit.

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dwbat Nov. 24, 2011 @ 1:46 p.m.

Hopefully someday Bridgepoint will be forced out of business, and their logo removed from that downtown skyscraper. It's a disgrace having their company in San Diego. It's more of an LA-type thing (where it would fit in nicely in that city of numerous scams).

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