Saturday, December 22, 2007

University of California San Francisco

The prestigious UCSF (University of California San Francisco) School of Medicine is embroiled in controversy.Its dean and vice-chancellor, Dr David Kessler, has been sacked as a whistle-blower.

According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, Kessler claimed his annual budget was $18 million less than he had been promised when he was appointed in 2003. He alleged poor financial management, not embezzlement.

Two audits, one internal the other by independent accountants, found no evidence of financial irregularities.

Chancellor Michael Bishop wrote to the dean and apologized that during his recruitment he was not given an accurate picture of the funding that would be available for his department.

It is sad to see a great university involved in a spat of this kind.

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