Walter Mencken 10:06 a.m., Feb. 6
UC Regents approve controversial $250,000 UCSD diversity job, hire University of Wisconsin law professor
University of California Regents have approved creation of a vice-chancellorship for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at UCSD, naming Linda S. Greene to the post at an annual base salary of $250,000, according to closed session documents released after today's meeting in San Francisco.
In addition, Greene will receive "a relocation allowance of 24 percent of base salary ($60,000) to be paid either as a lump sum or in installment payments."
Greene is currently Evjue-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, according to that university's website. "Her teaching and academic scholarship are concentrated in the areas of Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Legislation, Civil Rights and Sports Law."
"Following graduation from the University of California at Berkeley Law School in 1974, Professor Greene began her career as a civil rights attorney on the staff of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York City."
According to the University of California documents, Greene will not be coming aboard full time at UCSD until early next year.
"When she accepted this offer, Ms. Greene indicated that, because of the lengthy search process, she has already committed to teaching at her current institution this fall and will be unable to begin the new assignment before December 2012," according to the documents.
"The campus anticipates that the fall quarter will be a critical time for this position because of two significant factors: (1) Chancellor Khosla’s introduction to the community affords the occasion to touch key constituent groups and show his commitment to the diversity mission; and (2) the campus is embarking on a strategic planning exercise that would provide an important foundational effort for the work of the campus’ chief diversity officer.
"Although her arrival is delayed, Ms. Green has indicated a willingness to participate in these important activities beginning right after the Regents approve her appointment. Her visibility on campus will go a long way in addressing the campus community’s concerns about the fact that she will not formally assume the position until later."
Other Greene benefits include "a temporary housing allowance not to exceed $13,500 for a period of 90 days to offset limited housing-related expenses"; "100 percent reimbursement of reasonable and allowable expenses associated with moving household goods and personal effects from the former primary residence to the new primary residence"; "two house-hunting trips each for the candidate and her spouse or partner, subject to the limitations under policy"; "Reasonable travel expenses for all business-related visits to the campus during the transition period prior to her start date, which is anticipated to be no later than January 2, 2013"; and "eligibility to participate in the UC Home Loan Program."
The proposed diversity position, which surfaced last year, has drawn criticism from those who contend it is a costly duplication of existing programs.
"Even as UC campuses jettison entire degree programs and lose faculty to competing universities, one fiefdom has remained virtually sacrosanct: the diversity machine," wrote Heather Mac Donald, a contributing editor to City Journal, a magazine published by the conservative Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.
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