February 2, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education

"We need to provide a coherent defense of the liberal arts, for their role in the larger university and for the broader society. For me, the defense is both deeply personal and based on intellectual and institutional arguments."

Full article: Why I Miss the Culture Wars

January 12, 2015

Inside Higher Ed

"Chancellor Nicholas Dirks has proposed that the Berkeley Global Campus at Richmond Bay will be 'a new form of international hub' in which a group of leading foreign universities and technology companies will establish satellite locations on a 130-acre parcel of Berkeley-owned land located a mere 10 miles from the main campus."

Full article: A Global Hub, Close to Home

January 5, 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education

"The campus’s main goal, Dirks said, is to encourage an interdisciplinary approach to global problems like climate change, income inequality, epidemic diseases, and the need for new forms of sustainable energy."

Full article: Berkeley Plans to Build a Global Campus, Ten Miles from Home

September 17, 2014

SF Chronicle

"Chancellor Dirks will introduce, and in some cases interview, the performers, writers and other notables appearing at Berkeley Talks, a new series he created with Cal Performances Director Matías Tarnopolsky. It’s the first move in the chancellor’s initiative to engage people across campus and in the wider community with the arts."

Full article: Nicholas Dirks: Intimate Chats in the Public Spotlight

July 22, 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education

"My first response on seeing the film, as an academic (now administrator) who has spent an entire career in college settings, was to welcome the depiction of the dilemmas and challenges confronting a range of institutions. Yet the film made me increasingly uneasy, despite its illustrations of the power of undergraduate education."

June 2, 2014

The Atlantic

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks drew comparisons between Columbia, Stanford, and the institution he runs.  In an Aspen Ideas Festival* panel on the state of the humanities, he summed up the difference between Ivy Leaguers in New York City and graduates of the institution he now runs. "You know, the tradition at Columbia is that you read Aristotle and then you go to Goldman Sachs," he said. "And the dream at Berkeley is to do social work and then go work for Google or Facebook."

May 1, 2014

Times Higher Education

Nicholas Dirks, chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, and Scott Biddy, vice-chancellor for university relations at the same institution, discuss California’s public university system, the forthcoming presidential election, and an incident near the University of California at Santa Barbara last month that left six students dead - three of them from gunshot wounds.

Full article: The Podcast: University of California

April 23, 2014

The White House

As part of the White House Call to Action to bring college opportunities to more students, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks came to Berkeley High School last week to talk with 140 students participating in college preparatory support programs.

March 13, 2014

The Daily Californian

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.

Full article: Dirks Speaks on Building Public- and Private- Sector Support for Undergraduates

March 12, 2014

Speech prepared for delivery at The Commonwealth Club San Francisco, California. Read the full speech (PDF).

February 21, 2014

The Daily Californian

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.

Full article: Together Our School Can Continue to Lead

January 22, 2014

The Huffington Post

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."

Full article: UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks: 'Business Has to Step Up'

August 27, 2013


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.

Full article: UC Berkeley Launches New Year with a Positive Outlook

The Daily Californian

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.

Full article: Dirks Outlines Goals for First Year at Helm

Berkeley Patch

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.

Full article: New Cal Chancellor Says No to 'P-Word'

August 26, 2013

SF Chronicle

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.

Full article: UC Berkeley Emerges from Recession with Confidence

Oakland Tribune

"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."

Full article: New Chancellor Nicholas Dirks Prepares for his First Semester at Cal

San Francisco Appeal

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.

Full article: New UC Berkeley Chancellor Says School Needs to Rely Less on State, More on Donors

July 15, 2013

SF Chronicle

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. Read the full SF Chronicle article.

July 12, 2013

Los Angeles Times

"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 . . . "

Full article: A Brighter Outlook for Higher Education in California