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August 16, 2016

I am writing today to say that I have informed President Napolitano of my intention to step down as Chancellor once a successor is selected and in place. It has been a great honor to serve as the 10th Chancellor of Berkeley, and I am proud of all we have accomplished. Over the summer I have come to the personal decision that the time is right for me to step aside and allow someone else to take up the financial and institutional challenges ahead of us.

August 2, 2016

After 35 years of service to UC Berkeley, Harry Le Grande has informed me he will retire from his position as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs on December 31.

July 20, 2016

As follow-up to the announcement I made on April 26, I am pleased to tell you that Carol Christ has agreed to continue serving as interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost through June 30, 2017.

June 15, 2016

April 27, 2016

April 26, 2016

April 15, 2016

April 11, 2016

As we continue our work on the long-term strategic planning and review process that we announced in February, we write to provide an update on the specific near-term steps we are taking to address the campus’s structural deficit. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a balanced budget by 2019-20. As of today, we estimate that the cumulative effect of our present efforts, along with the assistance we are receiving from the Office of the President on restructuring our debt, will reduce our deficit by approximately $85 million by June 2017, the end of the next fiscal year.

March 31, 2016

Effective July 1, units will no longer pay a 2% assessment for the services CSS provides. This assessment has produced unintended consequences for our departments and schools. As such, we will redesign the CSS funding model.

March 30, 2016

This is the first in what we expect will be a series of regular updates about the campus strategic planning process Chancellor Dirks announced (link is external) 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

Carla Hesse appointed as the interim lead for the our efforts to improve and enhance the university’s response to sexual harassment and assault.
Carla Hesse will be the interim lead for the our efforts to improve and enhance the university’s response to sexual harassment and assault.

March 24, 2016

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

March 22, 2016

Melissa Murray has been named interim dean of the UC Berkeley School of Law.

March 9, 2016

Professor Benjamin Hermalin has agreed to serve as the next Vice Provost for the Faculty.

February 10, 2016

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

Appointment of Professor Paul Alivisatos as Berkeley’s next Vice Chancellor, Research, effective March 1, 2016.

January 14, 2016

Supporting the success of our students is fundamental to fulfilling the educational mission of UC Berkeley. Our campus has engaged in a number of efforts to improve undergraduate student outcomes, including graduation rates and time-to-degree. These efforts have shown promising results — the percentage of undergraduates who enter Berkeley as freshmen who complete their studies within four years and transfer students who complete their degree within two years has steadily improved over the last decade. However, more work can and should be done to improve graduation rates overall and close achievement gaps for our students.

December 15, 2015

Julie M. Hooper is the new Vice Chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations (formerly known as University Relations.)

December 14, 2015

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.