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UC Berkeley Chancellor Dirks says he will step down

In a letter to the campus community, Dirks said he had come to a personal decision that "the time was right for him to step aside" to "allow someone else to take up the financial and institutional challenges ahead of us.”

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 ceremony.

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.

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.