UC-Davis Chancellor Reflects on 'Horrible' Debacle at 2011 Protest

UC-Davis Chancellor Reflects on 'Horrible' Debacle at 2011 Protest 1

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Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of the U. of California at Davis, drew outrage when the campus police pepper-sprayed student protesters. But she now says the incident had a positive result: "When there is a crisis in an organization, you see things you would not normally see."

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Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of the U. of California at Davis, drew outrage when the campus police pepper-sprayed student protesters. But she now says the incident had a positive result: "When there is a crisis in an organization, you see things you would not normally see."

More than a year and a half after University of California at Davis students were pepper-sprayed in a botched police operation, the campus's chancellor still vividly recalls the emotional toll the incident took on her and her family.

Linda P.B. Katehi, whose days as chancellor appeared numbered in late 2011, said on Wednesday that the incident had proved a grueling introduction into the life of a leader in crisis.

"It's not easy," she said. "It's horrible as a matter of