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.

December 10, 2015

Professor Prudence Carter has accepted appointment to the position of Dean of the Graduate School of 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.