April 11, 2016

Dear Colleagues, 

April 1, 2016

March 31, 2016

Dear campus colleagues,

We write to provide you with important news concerning CSS and an update on the campus’s comprehensive strategic planning and analysis initiative we announced in February.

March 30, 2016

Dear Campus Colleagues:

This is the first in what we expect will be a series of regular updates about the campus strategic planning process Chancellor Dirks announced last month. The goal of these updates is to keep you informed of our progress, our timeline, as well as opportunities to get involved.

March 27, 2016

TO: Campus Community

I am writing to inform the Berkeley campus community that I have appointed Carla Hesse as the interim lead for the our efforts to improve and enhance the university’s response to sexual harassment and assault.  Hesse is the Dean of Social Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science. She has been a Berkeley faculty member in the History Department since 1989.

TO: Campus Community

I am writing to inform the Berkeley campus community that I have appointed Carla Hesse as the interim lead for the our efforts to improve and enhance the university’s response to sexual harassment and assault.  Hesse is the Dean of Social Sciences and Executive Dean of the College of Letters & Science. She has been a Berkeley faculty member in the History Department since 1989.

March 24, 2016

Dear Campus Community, 

We write to you today to follow up on last week’s message about our collective work to prevent and address sexual harassmentassault, and violence on the UC Berkeley campus.

March 22, 2016

Dear campus community, 

I am writing to inform you that law professor Melissa Murray has been named interim dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law. Her appointment, which begins today, was decided with broad input from Berkeley Law faculty, students and staff following the March 10 resignation of former Dean Sujit Choudhry.

March 9, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that after a comprehensive internal search, Professor Benjamin Hermalin has agreed to serve as the next Vice Provost for the Faculty.  Ben will succeed the current Vice Provost, Janet Broughton, when she retires in June at the end of her five-year term. 

February 10, 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Today, we announce a strategic planning process designed to ensure our excellence in the face of continuing financial challenges.   This process is comprehensive, encompassing academic and administrative realignment, investment in our fundraising and revenue-generating activities, and the reexamination of all our discretionary expenditures, including athletics and capital costs.

January 21, 2016

Dear campus commuity,

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Paul Alivisatos as Berkeley’s next Vice Chancellor, Research, effective March 1, 2016. Interim Vice Chancellor Christopher McKee, has agreed to continue in that role until then, and we want to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Chris for his excellent service to the campus.

January 14, 2016

December 15, 2015

Dear campus community,

It is my pleasure to report to you today, following a nationwide search, that I am appointing Julie M. Hooper as the new Vice Chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations (formerly known as University Relations.)

December 14, 2015

Dear Students, Staff, and Community Leaders,

After hearing several reports that Muslim students on the Berkeley campus have recently been subjected to threats and abuse, we want to express our support and concern for members of our Muslim community. We also deeply regret how political rhetoric has been fostering unwarranted hostility towards our fellow citizens, neighbors, and friends based solely on their faith.

December 10, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce that Professor Prudence Carter has accepted appointment to the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Education. Prudence will assume her new role on June 30, 2016. A member of the National Academy of Education, a newly elected member of the Sociological Research Association, and a Fellow of the American Research Association, she will bring to Berkeley her stature as a scholar, strong vision for leadership for the field of education and passionate commitment to public education.

September 3, 2015

Today we are announcing the UC Berkeley African American Initiative, a comprehensive effort to address the underrepresentation of African American students, faculty, and staff at our university, and improve the climate for those who are here now and all who will join our community in the future.

July 28, 2015

We're delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Nailah Nasir as Berkeley’s next Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion.  Professor Nasir will begin her term as Vice Chancellor effective November 1, 2015.  Vice Chancellor Gibor Basri has agreed to continue serving until then, for which we are grateful.

June 12, 2015

We are very pleased to announce the appointment of UC Berkeley’s next University Librarian (UL), Professor Jeffrey MacKie-Mason. Professor MacKie-Mason comes to us from the University of Michigan, where he currently serves as the Dean of the School of Information and holds joint faculty positions as Professor of Information and Computer Science, Professor of Economics, and Professor of Public Policy.

May 8, 2015

I am delighted to announce that Mike Williams has accepted my offer and will be Berkeley’s next Director of Intercollegiate Athletics. Since becoming the Interim Director last June, Mike has, at every turn, demonstrated the full complement of professional skills, personal attributes and deeply held values that are the recipe for success and accomplishment in one of the most challenging positions on this campus. 

April 23, 2015

At the end of the Spring 2016 Semester, Wheeler Hall will be emptied and closed for a comprehensive building systems renewal project. The building will be closed from mid-May 2016 to mid-June 2017, which includes the entire Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Semesters. This project, funded by a partnership between campus capital renewal program and the Office of the President general fund financing program, will renew all building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and elevators), as well as the windows and roof systems.