Chancellor Dirks: Expect ‘painful changes’ at UC Berkeley

The comprehensive strategic review announced Wednesday by UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks promises to bring significant change to the campus, including staff cuts, academic reorganization, and a more intensive effort to sweat the university’s assets, including real estate. “Change is difficult for everyone. In universities, change is especially difficult,” Dirks said during a press conference yesterday. “There […]

Chancellor Dirks warns of UC Berkeley’s unsustainable structural deficit

In a message to the UC Berkeley community at 8 a.m. today, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks warned about the consequences of “a substantial and growing structural deficit,” which he termed unsustainable. The strong statement on the deficit announced a comprehensive strategic planning process, with a detailed reexamination of all discretionary expenditures, including athletics and capital costs. […]

UC Berkeley Chancellor: Bill Maher must speak

Hours after a student group uninvited Bill Maher to speak at UC Berkeley’s December commencement, Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks invited him back, citing his constitutionally protected right to free speech. “The UC Berkeley administration cannot and will not accept this decision, which appears to have been based solely on Mr. Maher’s opinions and beliefs, which […]

Photos: Inauguration of UC Berkeley’s chancellor Dirks

The formal inauguration of Nicholas Dirks, UC Berkeley’s tenth chancellor, took place on the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 8. The event comprised a public symposia on the three pillars of Dirks’ administration — undergraduate education, the role of the global university, and research and innovation — a noontime rally on Sproul Plaza and an investiture […]

UC Berkeley to inaugurate Nicholas Dirks as chancellor

Nicholas Dirks will be formally inaugurated as UC Berkeley’s tenth chancellor on Friday in a celebratory event on campus that will include a colorful procession, performances and discussions about higher education in the 21st century. Dirks, who was formerly Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University, took up his new post […]

Chancellor Dirks, more new speakers for Uncharted

New UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will be one of the speakers at Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas on October 25-26. Dirks, a historian and anthropologist whose work focuses on India, will be in conversation. The subject: “What are the humanities — chopped liver?” Among the other speakers recently added to the lineup for what promises […]

Interview: UC Berkeley’s new Chancellor, Nicholas Dirks

The second floor of California Hall is bright and airy, with a hushed air of importance. As Berkeleyside ascended the staircase last week, Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley’s head of communications, alerted us to prepare for a shock: The new chancellor was wearing jeans. When Nicholas Dirks greeted us in his office, he was indeed in […]

UC Berkeley names Columbia dean as new chancellor

Nicholas B. Dirks, Columbia University’s executive vice president and dean of the faculty of Arts and Sciences, will succeed Robert J. Birgeneau as UC Berkeley’s 10th chancellor, the university announced Thursday. Dirks is set to begin at Cal on June 1, 2013. Birgeneau announced in March that he would step down in December, but has agreed […]

Cal Chancellor Birgeneau to step down by year end

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced today that he will step down from the chancellorship at the end of this calendar year. Birgeneau has been chancellor since September, 2004. His term was dominated by both financial struggles, as state funding of the University of California system was steadily squeezed, and controversy over the handling of […]