UC President Janet Napolitano Admonished by UC Regents for Approval of Interference in State Audit

UC President Janet Napolitano listens to a speaker during a discussion organized by The Progressive Policy Institute at The University of California Washington Center on Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Credit: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

UC President Janet Napolitano listens to a speaker during a discussion organized by The Progressive Policy Institute at The University of California Washington Center on Sept. 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Credit: Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

University of California regents meeting on Thursday admonished UC President Janet Napolitano for agreeing to a plan that led to interference in a state audit on the operation of her office.

Her approval of a plan in which top aides would preview campus administrators’ confidential survey responses “reflected poor judgment and set in motion a course of conduct that the Board of Regents finds unacceptable,” board chairman George Kieffer said in a statement after the regents met behind closed doors for nearly five hours.

But the regents quickly and unanimously agreed to support Napolitano’s continued leadership, Kieffer said after the meeting.

The regents asked Napolitano to acknowledge responsibility and apologize, which she did in her own statement right after Kieffer read his. Later, she reiterated that she “exhibited poor judgment in approving an ill-advised approach” to the state auditor’s survey and “deeply regret this mistake.”

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