University of California, San Diego, spokeswoman Stacie Spector said she took issue with yesterday’s post about the announcement by the university’s Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Marsha Chandler that she was leaving for a job at the Salk Institute.

Spector points to this announcement earlier in September, when Chandler said she was planning to step down from the post at the end of the academic year. Yesterday’s notice, Spector said, was Chandler simply announcing her new job.

In an e-mail, Spector also said it would be unfair to suggest that the recent announcements by high-level administrators of their plans to leave are somehow related:

The idea that many [vice chancellors] have left is clearly a result of baby boomers coming of age. 3 VC’s in their 60’s who have been here over 40 years have retired in the last several years, these were clearly not snap decisions. One VC left because he received an offer to make more than double the money he was making here and would be working less than half the hours he was putting in here — and he still works very closely with us/the Chancellor on key issues. Another VC left his post to spearhead a pet initiative of his.


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