A little UCSC background first: Our old chancellor, M.R.C. Greenwood, spent the years of her appointment turning a liberal arts school with a beautiful campus in the redwoods and experimental policies into an everyday engineering school with an emphasis on construction and money making. She ran the place like a business, and to her credit, she accomplished what she set out to do. She brought a lot of money into the university by pushing our credibility as a research science institution, but in the process, she irreparably damaged many of the things that made our campus truly unique and gave incoming students a reason to choose UCSC over other cookie cutter institutions. She left her position because she was chosen by UC President Dynes to become the Provost (second in command) of the entire UC system.
Personally, I am a Computer Engineering major, but I chose to attend UCSC in spite of my major - I chose it because I felt the most important factor is a University's atmosphere/environment and institutional policies. I'm currently living in the dorm most associated with Art students.
Anyway, I'm writing here because your current/former Dean of the College of Engineering, Denice Dee Denton, was appointed as our next Chancellor at UCSC. Doing a very quick search on her, I discovered a couple things of note about her and her appointment:
- She is openly lesbian, and many have announced her appointment only to point this out. This is good.
- As your Dean, she made an effort to diversify the students in engineering majors. Many news articles specifically point this out. This is also good.
- She was chosen specifically by UC President Robert Dynes from a field of 700 candidates, because she "understands the increasingly important role UC-Santa Cruz plays in the Silicon Valley and beyond." This is probably bad, given his priorities.
- She was appointed to the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science by Bush. I have no idea what to think of this.
Do any of you know more about her, or specifically her other accomplishments or politics? Thanks.