Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New UC-B Chancellor

Carol Christ, UC Berkeley’s top academic officer — widely regarded on campus as an effective and collaborative administrator — was tapped Monday to become the 11th chancellor and first female leader of the prestigious 149-year-old campus.

If approved by the UC Board of Regents on Thursday, Christ (rhymes with wrist) would take over July 1, when Chancellor Nicholas Dirks will step down.

University of California President Janet Napolitano announced her choice of Christ, 72, who has served as UC Berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost since May, a position she had held for six years until 2000.

A scholar of Victorian literature, Christ left the campus and was president of Smith College from 2002 to 2013. She returned to UC Berkeley in 2015 as head of its Center for Studies in Higher Education...

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