UCLA deans travel like rock stars as tuition soars out of middle-class reach
A shocking investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting demonstrates that several deans at the University of California, Los Angeles have run up outrageous tabs for travel and entertainment.
Expense records obtained by CIR through California’s Public Records Act indicate that UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and 17 various deans who oversee the state-funded school managed to use up approximately $2 million on travel and entertainment from 2008 to 2012.
The most flagrant abuses have come in wasteful spending on airfare.
About a decade ago, the prestigious University of California system prohibited its employees from flying first class or business class on the state’s tab. The regents added an exception, though, for anyone with a medical need for such seating.
Astonishingly, six of 17 academic deans at UCLA have been stricken with medical conditions that somehow prevent them from sitting with the hoi polloi in economy class.
At least, that’s what the deans’ doctor’s notes have said.