August 27, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

June 16, 2013

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

May 3, 2013


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 1, 2013

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
Appearing not as a future chancellor but as a fellow faculty member, Nicholas Dirks led a history department colloquium Tuesday on “Scholars and Spies: World War II and the Emergence of South Asian Area Studies.” In his talk, Dirks outlined ties between prominent academics and U.S. intelligence agencies during the 1940s and ’50s, and the “profound impact” those connections would have on American intellectual life.

January 28, 2013

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences announced a new initiative – the Lincoln Project: Excellence and Access in Public Higher Education – to advocate for the importance of public colleges and universities. Chancellor Birgeneau has agreed to lead the project and will be a senior visiting scholar at the Academy when he steps down as Chancellor on June 1.

January 24, 2013

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

The American Institute of Physics announced Chancellor Birgeneau will receive the 2012 Karl Taylor Compton Medal for Leadership in Physics. The medal was established in 1957 to honor physicists who have made outstanding contributions through exceptional statesmanship in science.

January 18, 2013

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

University of California President Mark G. Yudof  will step down as leader of the UC system, effective Aug. 31.

January 15, 2013

UC Newsroom

The University of California has saved $91 million in energy costs since 2004, and it expects even greater dividends ahead as it ramps up its sustainability practices.

December 21, 2012

Staff Ombuds Office

The Staff Ombuds Office announced the release of their 2010-2012 Biennial Report, which provides information about its non-confidential activities.  It also includes recommendations regarding workplace bullying, integrated conflict management systems, and challenges surrounding organizational change.

November 27, 2012

UC Berkeley NewsCenter
Nicholas Dirks, Columbia University's executive vice president and dean of its faculty of arts and sciences, won unanimous approval from the UC Board of of Regents today. “Nicholas Dirks is a humanist with an invaluable mix of scholarship, fundraising experience and administrative experience," UC President Mark Yudof said. “I am confident he is the right leader at the right time for UC Berkeley.”

November 7, 2012

UC Berkeley NewsCenter

Chancellor Birgeneau sent a message to the campus community concerning California voters’ approval of Proposition 30, which will raise revenues for education and public safety through temporary income and sales-tax increases.