August 15, 2017

Dear students, faculty and staff,

The beginning of the school year is always a magical time for me – a blank sheet of paper, the first page of a novel. You feel the excitement of all the beginnings that surround you – new students embarking on their college or graduate school years, new faculty beginning their Berkeley careers. It was in my first year as a faculty member here that I fell in love with Berkeley – a love that still animates me now.

August 14, 2017

Dear campus community,

I, like so many of you, am horrified by what occurred in Virginia over the weekend. Today, I join with millions of others to condemn the reprehensible acts of the racist groups that brought violence and mayhem to Charlottesville and to the University of Virginia campus.

August 10, 2017

Professor G. Steve Martin has agreed to serve as Interim Vice Chancellor for Research

July 14, 2017

Dear campus community,

It is with decidedly mixed emotions that I write to share the news that Rich Lyons will be stepping down as dean of UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, just under a year from now, in June 2018. The search for his successor has been initiated and further information can be found here.  

July 5, 2017

Dear campus community,

I’ve been thinking a lot about journeys as I begin my time as chancellor.  I still vividly remember the first journey I took to California—across the country by car, the first time I had been west of Philadelphia—to begin my faculty appointment here.  It was then, in those first months of teaching, that I fell in love with Berkeley—a love that still animates me now.  I hope that my history and experience with the campus will give me the knowledge and wisdom to be the chancellor that the campus needs.

Paul Alivisatos will be Berkeley’s next Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

June 26, 2017

Dear Campus Colleagues:

I have just completed making the budget decisions for our 2017-2018 budget. Divisions (schools, colleges, administrative units) have received their letters and we will post the decisions on line at, along with a FAQ that we hope will answer any questions.

June 22, 2017

Professor Oscar Dubón, Jr. will be Berkeley’s next Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion (VCEI).

June 5, 2017

June 2, 2017

Dear members of the campus community,

We are very pleased to announce that Professor of Linguistics Sharon Inkelas has been named the Special Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor on Sexual Violence/Sexual Harassment for a three-year term, beginning on July 24, 2017.

June 1, 2017

Calling for nominations for the new position of Vice Chancellor for Administration (VC-A).

May 31, 2017

Rosemarie Rae, campus Chief Financial Officer, has been approved by UC President Janet Napolitano to serve in the role of Vice Chancellor – Chief Financial Officer.

May 25, 2017

Announcing the appointment of Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences David Culler as Interim Dean for the newly created Division of Data Sciences.

May 17, 2017

Erwin Chemerinsky has been appointed to be the next Dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law.

May 10, 2017

I am pleased to announce that Michael Botchan, who has been serving as Interim Dean of the Division of Biological Sciences in the College of Letters and Science since July 1, 2016, has been appointed to be permanent Dean of the division.

May 5, 2017

Dear Campus Community,

A new policy on Emergency Management and Continuity of Operations has been approved. The new policy establishes the authorities to support the campus organizational structure for responding to and recovering from emergencies that might overwhelm campus resources.

The policy is available at:

May 4, 2017

New Peer Review Committee (PRC) that will consult on discipline for faculty found responsible for violating the UC Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment (SVSH Policy)

May 1, 2017

April 26, 2017

To the Berkeley community, 

I am writing to follow up on this morning’s message regarding free speech, safety, and Ann Coulter’s planned appearance on our campus.

While Ms. Coulter has now stated that she will not come to Berkeley tomorrow, the University of California Berkeley Police Department (UCPD) has seen evidence of and continues to plan for potentially violent demonstrations and counter-demonstrations on Sproul Plaza throughout the day.

To the Members of the Berkeley Campus Community,

As I write this, I am aware of the uncertainty surrounding Ann Coulter’s stated intention to come to campus tomorrow afternoon.  We will be sending out a separate message later today with updated information about safety arrangements, as well as our hopes and expectations regarding how members of our campus community should conduct themselves.  For now, I want to share my thoughts about all that has led up to the current situation in which we find ourselves.