UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks announced on August 16th, 2016(link is external) his intention to step down from his position and return to teaching and research once a successor is selected and in place. The University of California Office of the President will conduct the global search for Berkeley's next chancellor.
The search committee
Per Board of Regents policy(link is external), an advisory committee consisting of faculty from Berkeley and the rest of the University, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, Regents, and UC Berkeley Foundation representatives is involved in recruiting, screening, and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee will work throughout the fall with the aim of presenting a new chancellor to the Board of Regents for their approval in early 2017.
The search for UC Berkeley's next chancellor is being assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.
Search details and timeline
On October 6, the search advisory committee for the next chancellor of UC Berkeley convened for the first time. This meeting, called Campus Day, enabled the committee to hear presentations from a wide range of campus constituencies including faculty, students, and staff. In addition to Campus Day, in October and November UC Berkeley representatives on the committee hosted additional opportunities for input by members of the campus community.
The position has been advertised nationally to raise awareness about the search. The president has also sent out requests for nominations to her counterparts in other leading universities and has invited the other UC chancellors to submit nominations. There will be no closing date for applications or nominations, with the search advisory committee accepting both until the position is filled.
Informed by the various learning sessions with campus constituencies, the committee has developed a position profile for the chancellor role, which is a public document intended to frame the opportunities and challenges facing the next chancellor, as well as the desired experiences and qualifications of potential candidates. The committee, led by the five-member faculty subcommittee, is using the input they received during Campus Day and the listening sessions to begin identifying and vetting a longer list of potential candidates for review and discussion, in addition to reviewing all individuals nominated and those who have applied. During a series of meetings, with assistance from the committee’s search consultants, the group will narrow the list to a series of semifinalist candidates to be interviewed by the full committee. Those interviews will occur over several days and feature questions from all members of the committee, rooted not only in the description found in the position profile, but also the candidates’ own professional histories.
Following those interviews, the search advisory committee will provide the president with its input on the qualifications of the semifinalists and recommendations on which candidates should continue to be considered. Based on that input, the president will continue her due diligence, reviewing a thorough set of references and background checks completed by the search firm, as well as performing her own reference checks. The president will then make her final recommendation to the Board of Regents, with the intention to do so in early 2017.