UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Denice Denton (left), who had been the subject of a Chronicle series about perks and pay excesses in the UC system, jumped Saturday (June 25) from the roof of the 42-story Paramount apartment building (right) in San Francisco where her long time partner lived. The stories about Denton detailed the 2,600-square-foot house she was provided on the UC Santa Cruz campus, and the $600,000 in improvements she made — and charged to the state. Included in those improvements was a $30,000 dog run. She was also at the center of scandal for hiring her longtime partner — Gretchen Kalonji — into a 192,000 a year job in the UC system. Kalonji has an apartment in the Paramount. The LA Times reported that Denton had been on a medical leave since June 15 but was scheduled to return to work on Monday. The Merc quoted sources as saying she recently had been “depressed and disengaged.” [Chronicle story on her death] [Merc story] (Denton photo by Mike Kepka of the Chronicle; building photo by James Irwin, special to SFGate.com)

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