The Regents & Napolitano: How Was the Match Made?

The ongoing debate about the Regents’ selection of Janet Napolitano is still going on, according to the LA Times:

The high-profile and surprising choice of former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to head the UC system has fueled criticism over the secret selection process, echoing debates around the country about how higher-education leaders are chosen. Supporters of a more open method say that better decisions are made when three or four finalists for a university presidency or chancellorship are formally identified to the public. At that point, faculty and students could have a chance to meet them before a final selection. Some public universities in other states are required to do just that, but the UC and Cal State systems usually do not name more than one finalist and do not divulge the closed-door discussions that led to the nomination. Additionally, the final votes by the UC regents and Cal State trustees provide little information about the searches…

Some states such as Wisconsin and Hawaii have routinely issued the names of several finalists for top jobs at public universities and invited them to campus forums before one is selected. Florida has gone further in revealing the identities of larger groups of nominees early on.But legislation to restrict such information was recently adopted in several states, and there is a long history of court challenges from media organizations seeking access to meetings and information…

Full article at http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-college-secrecy-20130923,0,3965420.story

Yours truly suggests we will continue to dance around the issue of this selection for some time.  Should we call it the Mambo Napolitano?  We already have the music; just need a slight change of lyrics.

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