Two of California’s top public higher education administrators relinquished their posts on the California Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, criticizing the board’s endorsement of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman.
UC President Mark Yudof suspended his membership on the board in order to remain politically nonpartisan as a leader of a public higher education system. Chancellor of the California Community Colleges Jack Scott also suspended his membership.
According to UC spokesperson Lynn Tierney, Yudof understands “it is really important to be in touch with all the members of the chamber of commerce” and would be willing to rejoin the organization in some capacity separated from political endorsements.
The board endorsed Whitman, citing job creation and economic recovery as the most important issues facing the state’s voting populace, because she reflected “the views of those who make private sector job creation their first priority,” according to a Sept. 3 statement from the chamber.