Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her husband, Daniel Mulhern, will teach interdisciplinary courses on energy, leadership, state budgets and the economy at the University of California, Berkeley’s schools of law, business and public policy, the university announced this morning.
The academic appointments will be part time this semester and full time in the fall.
The Democrat served as Michigan’s first woman governor from 2003 through the start of this month. The automotive and manufacturing sectors plummeted during this time, forcing Granholm to work to diversify the state’s economy – including an emphasis on clean energy – while shoring up the vastly changed automotive industry.
“We are simply delighted that a governor of this caliber and expertise with such a strong legacy has agreed to teach here,” Berkeley Law Dean Christopher Edley said in a news release. “We teach our students how to apply their studies to solve the most intractable real world problems. Governor Granholm is a role model in this arena. She’s a distinguished policy expert who’s charted a new course for Michigan through hard work and innovation.”
Granholm, 51, will teach several courses while working closely with several UC Berkeley’s think tanks. At the Goldman School of Public Policy this spring, she will teach about state budgets, clean energy jobs, diversifying the economy, and leadership; in the fall, she will add a course on state budgeting and governing in times of fiscal crisis.
She also is scheduled to speak in Cal’s Chevron Auditorium at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 on “Cracking the Code: Creating Jobs in America (in the wake of globalization).”
“In these times of tough budget choices and increasing demands on government to solve problems, no one is better equipped to teach about leadership and policy-making than Governor Granholm,” Goldman School Dean Henry Brady said in the releasel. “We are thrilled to have her at the Goldman School of Public Policy to continue our tradition of teaching students how to face tough problems directly, analytically and imaginatively.”
Granholm graduated from Cal in 1984 with B.A. in both political science and French, and from Harvard Law School in 1987. She said returning to her alma mater is “a terrific opportunity to offer students an insider’s look at the challenges of running state government during fiscal crisis. It also gives Dan and me a forum to debate public policy with the university’s stellar thinkers and scholars.”
Granholm, who also is scheduled to be a regular contributor to NBC’s “Meet the Press with David Gregory,” became a federal prosecutor in Detroit in 1990 and was elected Michigan’s first female attorney general in 1998. She was then elected governor in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.
While in office, she signed into law a college prep curriculum for every high school student in the state and some of the toughest turnaround requirements in the nation for low-performing schools. In 2007, she launched a “No Worker Left Behind” program for displaced adults, in which the state pays the community college or technical school tuition of any unemployed and underemployed citizen seeking training for a high-demand job. Michigan under her leadership won recognition by the Pew Center on the States as being one of the best managed states in the country and one of the top states for adding new business expansions.
Mulhern is a leadership coach; the host of “Everyday Leadership,” a radio show on the Michigan Talk Network; and the author of two books: “Everyday Leadership: Getting Results in Business, Politics and Life” (2007); and “Be Real: Inspiring Stories for Leading at Home and Work” (2010). He’ll teach two courses in this year’s fall semester: one on gender, work and leadership to be offered jointly by the Goldman School and Berkeley Law, and another at the Haas School of Business on leadership.
Mulhern also will join faculty affiliated with Berkeley Law’s Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute and its project on health, economic and family security. He graduated from Yale University in 1980 with a degree in religious studies and from Harvard Law School in 1986.
UPDATE @ 3:50 P.M.: University spokeswoman Susan Gluss, whom I’d contacted earlier to find out how much Granholm and Mulhern will be paid, just e-mailed me to say I should contact the campus public records office, presumably with a formal California Public Records Act information request. I’ve just left a voice mail for the public records coordinator, and e-mailed him a formal written request.
UPDATE @ 5:32 P.M.: My esteemed colleague, Matt Krupnick, just heard back from Gluss that Granholm and Mulhern each will receive a salary of $150,000, which she said is “somewhat below the average Berkeley salary for starting assistant professors in law or business.”