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.

April 16, 2015

We are thrilled to announce the creation of a new faculty leadership position, the Associate Vice Chancellor of Arts and Design, and equally delighted to inform you that Professor Shannon Jackson has agreed to take on this role.  As the current Director of the Arts Research Center, and the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Rhetoric and of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies, Shannon is uniquely qualified and positioned to develop and advance our aspirations in the realm of the Arts and Design.

March 18, 2015

We are delighted to announce that GEORGE BRESLAUER has agreed to be recalled to serve as the first UC Berkeley Faculty Director of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. Professor Breslauer, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emeritus, is being recalled to serve as a bridge to lead in the transition of the Downtown Magnes from its current association with the Bancroft Library to become part of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

January 13, 2015

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November 24, 2014

It is with great pleasure that we announce Professor Emerita Carol T. Christ as the director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE).  Director Christ’s appointment will begin on January 1, 2015.  Carol Christ brings to this position her comprehensive leadership experience, deep knowledge of the Berkeley campus, and a forward-looking perspective for the Center.

November 20, 2014

I am pleased to announce that, following a campus-wide search, Professor Fiona Doyle has accepted appointment to the position of Dean of the Graduate Division.  Fiona will begin her new role on January 1, 2015.  She brings an abundance of campus leadership experience to this position, as well as extensive administrative experience in her many roles at the College of Engineering.  As the Chancellor and I believe that the importance of fundraising will only grow, she will also bring strengths in this crucial area, building on the excellent work of her predecessors in the Graduate Division.

September 26, 2014

To UC Berkeley’s Faculty, Students, Staff and Alumni,

January 27, 2014