STATE AND INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Head of California Higher-Education Agency Resigns.
The Chronicle of Higher Education:
Government & Politics
From the issue dated June 21, 2002
The California Postsecondary Education Commission, which has been fighting to
hold on to its state financing, lost its leader last week. Warren H. Fox,
executive director of the commission, which collects data on colleges in the
state and advises the governor and lawmakers on higher-education policy,
resigned at a special meeting of the panel. Such meetings are held on the basis
of "extraordinary circumstances causing a substantial hardship on the
commission," according to state law.
It has been a tough year for the commissioners. Last month, Gov. Gray Davis,
a Democrat, proposed slashing its state appropriation by 80 percent, to
$700,000. Most of the money is expected to be replenished by the Legislature
during its current session. The agency continues to receive $8-million from the
Mr. Fox will become a scholar-in-residence at the University of California at
Davis, says Alan S. Arkatov, the commission's chairman. Mr. Fox could not be
reached for comment.
Robert L. Moore, a member of the commission, is expected to become acting
director, but his appointment is not yet official, Mr. Arkatov says.
Mr. Moore, who sits on the Board of Governors of the state's
community-college association, has been a friend of Governor Davis since the two
worked together in the administration of Gov. Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown two
decades ago. Mr. Moore's appointment has led to speculation that the commission
wanted someone who could smooth relations with the governor.
Mr. Arkatov shrugs off such a suggestion. "Does [Mr. Moore] have good
relations with the governor? Yes. Does he have good relations with the
Legislature? Yes." But "really, this is about someone who follows
The commission hopes to name a permanent director by January.
Copyright © 2002 by The Chronicle of Higher Education