Welcome to the Chancellor’s Office

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks

“This is an opportunity I embrace with both excitement and humility.”

Nicholas B. Dirks is UC Berkeley’s 10th chancellor. Previously, he was Columbia University's executive vice president and dean of its faculty of arts and sciences, and the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History. Also the author of three books on India, Dirks emerged as the top candidate after a six-month search.
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Meet the Chancellor: An open Q&A with Nicholas B. Dirks

On Tuesday evening, 1/14/2013, UC Berkeley's newly inaugurated tenth chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, hosted a live 45-minute webcast for alumni and parents. Chancellor Dirks addressed questions submitted in advance from these important constituencies while sharing his vision and priorities for the direction of the university. Hear directly from the Chancellor as he discusses his focus on undergraduate education, the global university and innovation in basic and applied research across the disciplines while expanding Berkeley's primary mission elements: teaching, research and public service.

A Day in the Life of Chancellor Nicholas Dirks

UC Berkeley ushered in a new era with the recent inauguration of Nicholas Dirks, the campus's 10th chancellor. On August 27, 2013, less than three months after the internationally renowned historian and anthropologist arrived on campus, we followed Chancellor Dirks to document a day full of meetings, student gatherings, and other activities.
-Photos by Keegan Houser.

 

The first 100 days in photos. See some of the many outreach and orientation activities underway.

Office of the Chancellor

Overview

The Office of the Chancellor supports the Chancellor's leadership as Chief Executive Officer by providing administrative, organizational, communications support, and strategy development and services, to advance the Chancellor's vision, core values, and priorities for the University of California, Berkeley.

Organization

The Office of the Chancellor is comprised of the following units:

  • Audit & Advisory Services
  • Chancellor's Immediate Office
  • Ethics, Risk & Compliance Services
  • Government & Community Relations (GCR)
  • Office of Legal Affairs (OLA)
  • Staff Ombuds Office.

Organization Chart (.pdf)

Associate and Assistant Chancellors

BEATA FITZPATRICK

Associate Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Beata FitzPatrick is responsible for the effective administrative organization and daily functioning of the Office of the Chancellor and its responsiveness to the needs of the Chancellor and the campus community. She has oversight for the management of the budget of the Office of the Chancellor and its human, financial and physical resources. view full biography

Linda Williams

Associate Chancellor and Chief Ethics, Risk, and Compliance Officer

Williams serves as a lead strategist and has a broad level of authority to represent the Campus with constituencies such as faculty, senate committee chairs, senior administrators, other UC locations, Office of the President, public agencies and the community. Williams has administrative oversight for numerous offices including the offices of Government & Community Relations, Audit and Advisory Services, and the Staff Ombuds Office. Williams also serves as the campus Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer and has responsibility for oversight and coordination of the campus’ ethics and compliance requirements through the newly established Office of Ethics, Risk and Compliance Services. view full biography

Phyllis Hoffman

Assistant Chancellor and Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP)

Phyllis Hoffman supports the Chancellor and EVCP by providing advice and high-level strategic assistance on a variety of organizational matters. She works on Chancellor and/or EVCP–led campus-wide initiatives and is currently on the leadership team for Operational Excellence. In collaboration with the Associate Chancellor-Chief of Staff to the Chancellor, Phyllis also works on leadership transition planning, organizational structure changes, and executive recruitments. view full biography

Chancellor in the News

DIRKS SPEAKS ON BUILDING PUBLIC- AND PRIVATE- SECTOR SUPPORT FOR UNDERGRADUATES

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks spoke Wednesday night to an audience of alumni and other stakeholders at the Commonwealth Club of California to advocate more public and private engagement to bolster the student experience and success of the campus.
March 13, 2014 - The Daily Californian

The Utopian Past and Future of the Public University: A view from Berkeley Nicholas B. Dirks

Speech prepared for delivery at The Commonwealth Club San Francisco, California
March 12, 2014

Together our School can CONTINUE TO Lead

In an editorial published in the Daily Californian, Chancellor Dirks lays out three areas of focus for the campus: undergraduate education, a global university, and research and innovation as well as an renaissance of the arts.
February 21, 2014 - The Daily Californian

UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks: 'Business Has To Step Up'

In a recent interview, Chancellor Dirks called upon the business community to support higher education, "...because of waning state support for public universities, businesses' intervention may become essential if they are to continue running."
January 22, 2014 - The Huffington Post

DIRKS OUTLINES GOALS FOR FIRST YEAR AT HELM

In a time of rising tuition and shrinking budgets, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks faces the enormous task of preserving UC Berkeley’s prestige and competitive offerings. 
August 27, 2013 - The Daily Californian

UC BERKELEY LAUNCHES NEW YEAR WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK

With students already coming to campus to begin their classes Thursday for the 2013-14 academic year, UC Berkeley officials summed up a range of successes and plans during a special media presentation Monday afternoon.
August 27, 2013 - Berkeleyside

NEW CAL CHANCELLOR SAYS NO TO 'P-WORD'

At a news conference Monday, the new chancellor at UC Berkeley, Nicholas Dirks, abjured the possibility of privatization for the public university, despite the long-term reduction of state support and increasing reliance on private funding.
August 27, 2013 - Berkeley Patch

UC BERKELEY EMERGES FROM RECESSION WITH CONFIDENCE

UC Berkeley has emerged from the California recession with a new chancellor, new plans for helping liberal arts majors nail down that elusive career, and despite a new dependence on private dollars - a committment to remain a public resource.
August 26, 2013 - SF Chronicle 

NEW CHANCELLOR NICHOLAS DIRKS PREPARES FOR HIS FIRST SEMESTER AT CAL

"Coming to Berkeley is like coming to Mecca," said the new leader, Nicholas Dirks, on Monday. "It's a premier institution of higher learning at every level."
August 26, 2013 - Oakland Tribune

New UC Berkeley Chancellor Says School Needs To Rely Less On State, More On Donors

New University of California at Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said today that the university will need to rely more on philanthropy for funding but promised that it won’t become more privatized.
August 26, 2013 - San Francisco Appeal

NICHOLAS DIRKS BRINGS PATIENT EAR TO JOB

At an elegant tea at UC Berkeley recently, Cal's new chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, fielded questions from donors asking about the arts, online education and the rising cost of college.
July 15, 2013 - SF Chronicle

a brighter outlook for higher education in california

Nicholas B. Dirks, the former executive vice president and dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Columbia University, began his tenure as chancellor of UC Berkeley...
July 12, 2013 - Los Angeles Times 

ADMINISTERING CHANGE

The career of incoming Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has led him out of the classroom in order to influence what happens within it.

  
June 16, 2013 - California Magazine

Students check out incoming chancellor

Nicholas Dirks introduced himself and fielded questions at a conversational meet-up Thursday afternoon between UC Berkeley students and the campus’s next chancellor. About 100 people turned out for what Dirks called one of the “first of a long series of conversations with you.” Earlier in the day, Chancellor Birgeneau and Dirks met with student winners of the “Fiat Lux Remix” contest. May 3, 2013