Linda P.B. Katehi

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Linda P.B. Katehi
Sixth Chancellor University of California, Davis
Term August 17, 2009 –
Born (1954-01-30) January 30, 1954 (age 60)
Alma mater National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Residence Davis, California
Profession Electrical Engineering

Linda P.B. Katehi-Tseregounis (born January 30, 1954) is a Greek-American engineer and university administrator. Since 2009, she has served as the sixth chancellor of the University of California, Davis.

Early life and education[edit]

Katehi was born in Athens and grew up on Salamis Island in Greece. She received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, in 1977.

According to a speech that Katehi gave after the UC Davis pepper-spray incident, she was a student during the uprising against the dictatorial regime that occurred at that university in 1973, an uprising that was violently crushed on November 17 by a combined military and police force.[1]

She came to the United States in 1979, then earned a master’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of California, Los Angeles, in 1981 and 1984, respectively.[2]


In her early career, Katehi worked at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor from 1984 to 2001 as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science,[3][4] and as associate dean of academic affairs and graduate education starting in 1994.[5] She was hired as the engineering dean at Purdue University in 2002.[3][4][6] While there, she increased both the faculty by 15% and research funding within the engineering department.[3] In 2005, Katehi became the first female provost and vice-chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.[3][6][7] After four years at the University of Illinois, Katehi became the 6th Chancellor of the University of California, Davis in 2009, succeeding Larry Vanderhoef.[5][6][8] She is the first female chancellor of the university.[4]

Katehi’s expertise is in circuit design and her research focuses on antennas.[4][5][8] She currently holds 19 patents.[8][9][10] Through her academic roles she has been a mentor to over 70 postdoctoral fellows.[10]

In addition to her university roles, Katehi was appointed by President George W. Bush to the Committee on the National Medal of Science.[5] She chaired the 12-member committee, along with the Secretary of Commerce’s committee for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, until 2010.[8][11] She was appointed to the FBI’s National Security Higher Education Advisory Board in 2010.[12] Katehi is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science[8][13] and in 2011, she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[8][13] She is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering where she chaired the committee on K-12 engineering education for two years.[5][10][13]

For her academic work, she has received awards including the AHC Aristeio Award in Academics in 2011[5] and a Gabby Award for her achievements in education and academia, also in 2011.[14]

University of Illinois[edit]

Before coming to UC Davis, Katehi served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from April 1, 2006 to June 2009. As the Provost she oversaw all Colleges and Schools, the Library, HR, IT, facilities and was in charge of the University budget. She oversaw the admissions for UIUC during part of the time period (2003-2009) that came to be investigated under of the University of Illinois clout scandal. Katehi denied involvement, saying the "Category I" decisions were made at higher administrative levels.[15] That was also confirmed by the findings as described in the report published by the investigative committee.

University of California, Davis[edit]

Katehi was appointed chancellor by the University of California Board of Regents on May 7, 2009, effective August 17, 2009. She holds UC Davis faculty appointments in electrical and computer engineering and in women and gender studies.[16] Katehi charged a committee with creating a new "Vision of Excellence" for the school.[17] She also launched several blue ribbon committees: tech transfer and commercialization,[18] research,[19] information technology excellence,[20] and organizational excellence.[21] Katehi also created the Chancellor's Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series to bring together distinguished scholars and government leaders who promise intellectual spark and enriching engagement with our academic community[22] As of 2009, Katehi's base annual salary was $400,000.[23]

In response to acts of hate and intolerance on campus in 2010, Katehi launched the Hate-Free Campus Initiative to reaffirm the campus’s values and commitment to one another.[24] The initiative included creation of "Beyond Tolerance Tuesday," collaboration with the Museum of Tolerance, and the creation of a speakers series and the Civility Project, which began with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Under Katehi's leadership, UC Davis co-hosted the Governors' Global Climate Summit 3: Building the Green Economy in November 2010.[25] Participants included Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Environment Programme. The summit’s focus was to continue to build subnational collaboration on policies and strategies to stimulate economic growth, reduce dependence on fossil fuels, create green jobs, promote clean energy solutions and reduce greenhouse gas pollution.

Involvement in STEM[edit]

In September 2012, Katehi was awarded a $3.725 million grant over 5 years from the National Science Foundation to establish an ADVANCE program at UC Davis, with the goal of increasing female participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.[10][26][27] Katehi serves as the principal investigator and chairs the project's steering committee. According to UC Davis, the grant money will be used, in part, to create the Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS).[27] The CAMPOS initiative’s primary focus is increasing cultural diversity and supporting Latinas in STEM careers.[9][27]

In October 2012, Katehi was included on the California STEM Learning Network’s list of twelve "Leading Women in STEM."[28] The Network recognized Katehi for her work in increasing STEM opportunities for women and girls and serving as a role model in the field.[9][26][29]

In March 2013, Katehi was chosen to speak at the 26th annual Yolo County Women's History Month luncheon.[9] Katehi also gave a keynote address about her work in STEM at the Consortium for Women and Research’s annual Distinguished Women in Science Lecture Series in April 2013.[30]

2011 Occupy protest[edit]

Main article: Occupy UC Davis

On November 18, 2011, Katehi requested Occupy movement protesters on the UC Davis campus remove their tents from the quad. When a group of non-compliant protestors refused to move, campus police officers pepper sprayed them.[31] Eleven protesters received medical treatment; two were hospitalized.[32] Katehi stated there had been "no option" except police action due to health and safety concerns, participation of some non-UC Davis persons in the protests, and some protestors' non-compliance with Katehi's earlier written and police's oral directions.[33] The incident led to further protests and calls for Katehi's resignation from some campus departments and organizations.[34][35][36][37] UC Davis Academic Senate Chair Linda Bisson criticized Katehi's slow response in providing information and taking disciplinary action against police, but she said most faculty wanted Katehi to stay in her post while being held accountable in some way.[38][39]

Katehi said she took "full responsibility for the incident" and placed two officers and the chief of campus police on administrative leave.[40] Katehi stated that she would not step down, and she and State Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez requested an outside investigation. Mark G. Yudof appointed former Los Angeles Police Department Chief William J. Bratton to head the investigation.[41][42] The Reynoso Task Force Report published in April 2012 reported that Katehi "failed to express in any meaningful way her expectation that the police operation was to be sharply limited so that no use of force would be employed by police officers other than their demand that the tents be taken down."[43] On July 31, 2012, a UC Davis spokesman announced that Lt. John Pike, a police officer who pepper-sprayed students, was no longer employed by the university.[44]


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  2. ^ "Distinguished Alumnus Linda Katehi". The University of California. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
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  9. ^ a b c d Smith, Jim (6 March 2013). "Smith: It's time to celebrate Women's History Month". Daily Democrat. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d Golden, Cory (21 October 2012). "Katehi lauded for pointing way for women, girls". Davis Enterprise. Retrieved 29 July 2013. 
  11. ^ Jones, Andrew (21 November 2011). "UC Davis chancellor a Bush appointee". The Raw Story. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  12. ^ Wei, Jessy (19 October 2010). "Chancellor Katehi appointed to FBI advisory board". The California Aggie. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "UC Davis chancellor Katehi named to Academy of Arts and Sciences". Sacramento Business Journal. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Gabby Award Winners 2011: Linda Katehi". The Gabby Awards. 2011. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  15. ^ Olkon, Sara. "University of Illinois scandal ripples to California". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  16. ^ "Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi". UC Davis. Retrieved 2010-06-21. 
  17. ^ Vision of Excellence
  18. ^ Blue Ribbon Committee on Tech Transfer and Commercialization
  19. ^ Blue Ribbon Committee on Research
  20. ^ Blue Ribbon Committee on Information Technology Excellence
  21. ^ Organizational Excellence
  22. ^ Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series
  23. ^ Dateline staff (May 15, 2009). Regents OK Katehi appointment, salary UC Davis News and Information
  24. ^ Hate-Free Campus Initiative
  25. ^ Governors' Global Climate Summit 3: Building the Green Economy
  26. ^ a b Mascarenhas, Lauren (23 October 2012). "Katehi receives STEM award: Chancellor Hopes To Increase Female Participation In Engineering". The California Aggie. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  27. ^ a b c Fell, Andy (27 September 2012). "Chancellor-led center aims to boost women's numbers in STEM academia". UC Davis Dateline. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Leading Women in STEM Announced Today!". California STEM Summit. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
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  30. ^ "'ADVANCEing STEM Faculty' topic for symposium". UC Davis Dateline. 19 April 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  31. ^ "California university launches inquiry into pepper spray of protesters". CNN. November 21, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 
  32. ^ "UCD to review pepper-spraying, clearing of protesters". Davis Enterprise. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  33. ^ Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi. (November 18, 2011). Chancellor addresses Friday's removal of tents from the Quad.
  34. ^ Buscho, David (November 27, 2011). Viewpoints: UC Davis chancellor must do the right thing – resign. Sacramento Bee
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  37. ^ "Letter to Chancellor Linda Katehi of UC Davis from a group of Physics Department faculty calling for her resignation". All Education Matters. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  38. ^ Sakash, Tom (November 21, 2011) UCD faculty speak out about Katehi. Davis Enterprise
  39. ^ La Ganga, Maria L.; Gordon, Larry (November 21, 2011). UC Davis chancellor apologizes for pepper-spray incident. Los Angeles Times
  40. ^ Stetler, Brian (November 21, 2011). Campus Police Chief Put on Leave in Pepper Spray Incident. New York Times
  41. ^ "Task Force Created To Review Pepper Spray Incident". KCRA-TV. Retrieved 2011-11-19. 
  42. ^ Gordon, Larry (November 23, 2011). Bratton to lead investigation of UC Davis pepper-spraying. Los Angeles Times
  43. ^ Reynoso, Cruz (March 2012). The Reynoso Task Force Report. via University of California, Davis
  44. ^ "Officer at center of pepper-spraying incident no longer works at UC Davis", Sacramento Bee, August 1, 2012

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