News in Brief: UC President Mark Yudof announces resignation

On Friday, Mark Yudof, UC president of five years, announced his plans to discontinue his tenure, effective Aug. 31.

Yudof cited his reason for resignation to be “taxing health issues” and because he believed it to be “an apt time for the University to bring in fresh leadership.”

The announcement came one day after the UC Board of Regents meeting.

“UC remains the premier public university system in the world, and I was both honored and humbled to serve as its president for what has been nearly five years now. I will miss my daily interactions across the system with so many dedicated, capable, and intellectually stimulating people,” his announcement stated.

Yudof also said that he, along with members of the entire UC community, have succeeded in preserving the quality of academics, research and healthcare, despite obstacles.

He said that the UC was made more accessible to low- and middle-income students through various initiatives such as the Blue and Gold Financial Aid program and the Project You Can Scholarship Program.

Most recently Yudof was named one of the Most Influential Forces in Higher Education by The Huffington Post for his handling of challenges during his term, including state funding cuts, tuition increases and public criticism. Yudof’s salary in 2011 was $601,356.

Prior to his appointment as UC president, Yudof was chancellor of the University of Texas system. In his announcement, he said he will move to teaching law at UC Berkeley.

— Muna Sadek