UC Berkeley swim coach fired following misconduct allegations
UC Berkeley swim coach Teri McKeever was fired on Jan. 31 following an investigation into allegations of harassment, bullying and abusive conduct, NBC News reported.
McKeever spent 30 years coaching the Golden Bears’ women’s swim team and coached the U.S. women’s swim team at the London 2012 Summer Olympics.
In a letter to the women’s swim team and athletic department staff, Director of Athletics Jim Knowlton said the investigation found “numerous violations of university policies that prohibit race, national origin and disability discrimination” and “verbally abusive conduct that is antithetical to our most important values,” NBC News reported.
The investigation was independently conducted through a law firm retained by the university.
“I deny and unequivocally refute all conclusions that I abused or bullied any athlete and deny any suggestion I discriminated against any athlete on the basis of race, disability or sexual orientation,” McKeever said in a statement obtained by NBC News.
UC Davis professor establishes scholarship through university award winnings
UC Davis Department of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology (WFC) professor John Eadie was awarded the annual UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement in January, according to a UC Davis press release.
Eadie will be donating the award’s $60,000 monetary prize to create a scholarship for underrepresented students in the WFC department.
“I want to focus on what we can do to help students get hands-on experience without being financially or otherwise challenged, and especially what we can do to bring in new students that don’t know this is even a possibility for them,” Eadie said in an interview with the UC Davis student publication The California Aggie.
The scholarship will be available for incoming undergraduate students in the WFC department for the 2023-24 academic year, The California Aggie reported.
“After 28 years of teaching here, I still love what I do, and I’m still passionate,” Eadie said to The California Aggie. “It’s an honor to work with students, and they keep me young. It’s just like — wow, I get paid for this?”
UCLA vice chancellor for equity, diversity and inclusion to step down at the end of the academic year
UC Los Angeles Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Anna Spain Bradley will be stepping down from her position on June 30, the Daily Bruin reported.
Bradley will serve as special advisor on strategic planning and values to Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Darnell Hunt following her stepping down, an announcement from the university to the campus community on Feb 16. said.
“Chancellor Block and I are grateful to Vice Chancellor Spain Bradley for advancing our institutional values including making UCLA a better place for Bruins of different backgrounds and identities,” Hunt’s email obtained by the Daily Bruin read.
Bradley held the position since September 2020, and during her term, advanced initiatives such as the UCLA EDI Education Series and the Native American and Pacific Islander Bruins Rising Initiative, according to the Daily Bruin.
A version of this article appeared on p. 2 of the Feb. 23, 2023 print edition of the Daily Nexus.