UC Berkeley on Friday fired administrator Diane Leite, who over a period of five years helped triple her secret sex partner's pay.
Leite had been demoted from her $188,000-a-year assistant vice chancellor position after the affair with a subordinate was discovered but still made $175,000 a year as an adviser to Vice Chancellor Graham Fleming. This newspaper first reported the scandal in March.
"Ms. Leite's employment with the university has been terminated," UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof said Friday. The firing is effective Tuesday.
Professors and other employees had urged the university to fire Leite, who helped boost lover Jonathan Caniezo's pay from less than $41,000 in 2005 to $120,000 in 2010. Leite, 47, and Caniezo, 31, admitted the affair to campus investigators, according to documents obtained using the California Public Records Act.
More than a dozen professors in March sent a letter to Provost George Breslauer calling Leite's initial punishment an affront to the campus, and 480 people signed an online petition demanding that Leite and Caniezo be fired.
"I think a very large number of people on campus are going to be relieved" by Leite's firing, said seismology professor Barbara Romanowicz, who signed the faculty letter. "It goes quite far to relieve our frustrations."
Calls to Leite's home in Rodeo went unanswered Friday. Her attorney, Jane Brunner, declined to comment.
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Leite was entitled to two months' notice or equivalent pay, Mogulof said, but she did not receive additional severance pay.
The university approved Caniezo's pay hikes over the objections of his direct supervisor, who later told investigators she did not believe he had earned them.
As head of UC Berkeley's office of administrative services for campus research, Leite supervised Caniezo's boss, then later directly supervised him herself, according to a campus investigation launched in August after an anonymous complaint and then a formal one exposed the relationship.
Investigators found that Leite had completed sexual-harassment training three times in recent years, but she told the university she was unaware her actions were wrong.
While the university did not change campus policies following the scandal, it will "remind managers of specific aspects of existing policies," said Jeannine Raymond, the campus human-resources director, in an email.
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