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UC Berkeley adviser fired after affair
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/6/12 | Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists

Posted on 05/06/2012 6:31:54 AM PDT by SmithL

A former UC Berkeley assistant vice chancellor who doubled the salary of a male subordinate during a 15-month affair has been fired from the university.

Diane Leite, 47, who had already been bumped from her assistant vice chancellor's job, was dismissed from the six-figure-salary adviser's job where she had landed, UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof confirmed Friday.

Leite's relationship with purchasing manager Jonathan Caniezo, who is 17 years her junior, was detailed in a whistle-blower letter to her boss back in August. Records show that Caniezo's pay grew from $57,864 in late 2008 to $120,000 in 2010.

When the scandal went public in March, the university came under sharp attack, both on campus and in the state capital, for its decision not to fire the administrator.

An investigation concluded that Leite, who oversaw Caniezo's campus research department, had broken the school's sexual harassment policies. She was subsequently reassigned from her $188,000-a-year job as head of the research office to an adviser's role that paid $175,000.

Amid the subsequent public furor, sources familiar with the case tell us, Leite was asked to resign. Instead, she hired attorney and Oakland City Councilwoman Jane Brunner to fight her case. Her dismissal was recently upheld at an internal hearing.

"Everything was done by the book," said Mogulof, declining further to comment further.

Brunner did not return our calls.

With 30 years at the university, Leite is vested and will keep her pension, though she may fall short of the benchmark for receiving health benefits for life.

Incidentally, from what we hear, Caniezo is also facing serious disciplinary action from the university - with a big rollback of his salary.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: California
KEYWORDS: berkeley; beserkeley; quidproquo; uc

1 posted on 05/06/2012 6:31:59 AM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

You can figure her pension at a minimum of $100k. Who pays for this mess? Students via tuition...who will still be paying thirty years from now...which is a sad part about this story.


2 posted on 05/06/2012 6:38:09 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: SmithL

Guilty.

3 posted on 05/06/2012 6:41:45 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: SmithL; mickie; flaglady47
She's 47 years old and is invested in her pension because she's been with the university for 30 years?

Something doesn't jibe here.

Of course, these hypocritical capitalist administrators do things differently within the enclaves of socialist higher education.

Leni

4 posted on 05/06/2012 6:46:21 AM PDT by MinuteGal (No control of historic Mt. Rushmore by UN... Get the U.S. OUT of the UN. Get the UN OUT of the U.S.)
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To: SmithL
Diane Leite, 47...With 30 years at the university...

Might be a silly point, but she started working at Berkley at age 17?

5 posted on 05/06/2012 6:47:24 AM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: SmithL

Her real crime was carrying on a heterosexual affair.


6 posted on 05/06/2012 6:48:33 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Bushbacker1
Great minds.....

Cheers,

Leni

7 posted on 05/06/2012 6:48:41 AM PDT by MinuteGal (No control of historic Mt. Rushmore by UN... Get the U.S. OUT of the UN. Get the UN OUT of the U.S.)
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To: SmithL

At least it was a heterosexual relationship. That was a surprise. And unexpected!


8 posted on 05/06/2012 6:51:56 AM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
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To: pepsionice

She’s 47 and was with the University 30 years? Did she start there right out of high school? And making $188K/year? Methinks we all followed the wrong career path.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 6:53:06 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: PapaBear3625

I’d hit it.


10 posted on 05/06/2012 6:53:23 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: SmithL

Hmmm...30’yeras....at age 47. Unfortunately I think I’m beginning to see how some of OUR public employees may lay claim to generous 6 figure salaries and pensions.


11 posted on 05/06/2012 6:55:33 AM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: EDINVA

Probably started out as a junior secretary at $4 an hour in 1981. The portion of public universities’ administration not occupied by academics or licensed professionals are set up like the civil service, with no clear hierarchy class divide — supervisors are chosen from clericals and management from supervisors who go off and get BAs at night school.


12 posted on 05/06/2012 7:03:01 AM PDT by only1percent
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To: PapaBear3625

The guy that ran LA Unified school district did the same thing for his female staffer with the same salary increases for do nothing jobs and he just got sentenced to jail for a few years.


13 posted on 05/06/2012 7:07:53 AM PDT by edcoil (It is not over until I win.)
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To: PapaBear3625

14 posted on 05/06/2012 7:15:09 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Lazamataz

http://jackvestidadeloba.blogspot.com/2010/09/diane-leite.html


15 posted on 05/06/2012 7:16:42 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I’d hit it.


16 posted on 05/06/2012 7:18:17 AM PDT by Lazamataz (To the wall, street occupiers!!!!!)
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To: SmithL

If the “subordinate” was a woman, they doubtless would have made this lady Chancellor.


17 posted on 05/06/2012 7:20:51 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand
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To: SmithL
Records show that Caniezo's pay grew from $57,864 in late 2008 to $120,000 in 2010.

That's a heckuva raise!

18 posted on 05/06/2012 7:30:32 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: SmithL

If her love interest was a woman she’d be in the clear.


19 posted on 05/06/2012 7:50:38 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Julia: a casualty of the "War on Poverty")
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To: Gay State Conservative

Wow, lots of speculation that this woman got nailed because she has this affair with a man.

In today’s environment, it does make you wonder. Would anything have been done if she had been carrying on a lesbian relationship???? Would Lambda Legal and the ACLU and others shown up with counter-lawsuits, claiming “discrimination”, if she were being reprimanded for the exact same situation with another woman????


20 posted on 05/06/2012 8:19:48 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: wetgundog

Maybe both of them are male, but one got the sex change
op.????

>Hate to say that, but nowadays and especially in
the capitalist channeling socialists (such are the
administrators in state funded universities)... how
would you know?


21 posted on 05/06/2012 8:23:18 AM PDT by Getready (Wisdom is more valuable than gold and diamonds, and harder to find.)
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To: Rummyfan

...and people wonder why tuition is so high? It’s because salaries of people who work at universities is totally out of proportion.


22 posted on 05/06/2012 9:33:33 AM PDT by DennisR (Look around - God gives countless, indisputable clues that He does, indeed, exist.)
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To: pepsionice

What no picturee of the punk ladder clinber?


23 posted on 05/06/2012 12:04:40 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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