A Brilliant Moment of Civil Disobedience


This is what the end of University of California Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi's academic career looks like. Katehi walks through the silent lines of her own students, unassailed and without the usual fanfare or greeting one would see in a university setting.

Katehi is proof that there really are universities out there where the reason for their being--the free exchange of ideas--has been lost. Katehi went corporate, and marketed herself and her university as a place where you could go to get a degree and then get a job. I'm sorry, but that's what a vocational school does. A university does not do these things.

Anyway, she knows that now. She has had a long and distinguished career in academics and science, but she now knows that she lost her credibility and her ability to lead a university when she decided to call in the cops.