In an op-ed [Volume 41, Issue 16] you wrote: “Former UCSC Chancellor Denice Denton dealt with various criticisms about inappropriate use of UCSC money (Creating a $200, 000 position for her life partner, making a $30,000 dog run for her canines, etc.)” This, yet again, perpetuates the false idea that that Chancellor Denton was responsible for making these financial decisions. In fact, these decisions were made before Chancellor Denton was hired and were part of her recruitment package. Out of respect for her memory, it is much to ask the media to get it right.
It can be said simply, such as: “Former UCSC Chancellor Denice Denton dealt with various criticisms about inappropriate use of UCSC money as part of her hiring package (a $200,000 position for her life partner, and a $30,000 dog run for her canines, etc.)”
While it may not seem of much note to you, to those of us who remember her and still ache for her loss, it at least is accurate and informs the reader that many of the decisions for which Chancellor Denton was criticized were not made by her and were made before she was ever employed by the U.C. system in any capacity.
*Stephen J. LeBlanc, J.D.,*<br/>*undergraduate classmate of Dr. Denton’s*