Chancellor Search 2023-24

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On April 10, 2024, University of California President Michael V. Drake, announced his selection of Richard K. Lyons as the next chancellor of UC Berkeley. The UC Board of Regents approved the appointment during a special meeting. The appointment follows an extensive national search that engaged various campus stakeholders, including representatives of students, faculty, staff, alumni and Regents. Rich will assume his new role on July 1, 2024

Chancellor Carol T. Christ announced her plans to retire at the end of June 2024. 

Input Welcome

All members of the UC Berkeley community and other members of the public were invited to share their suggestions, feedback, and comments regarding the next Chancellor through early December. Members of the UC Berkeley Community also had the opportunity to engage in October town halls. The UC Berkeley Chancellor Search Advisory Committee thanks and appreciates all the input received. The community and public input period is now closed. For general search questions, please contact:

Search Advisory Committee

The search advisory committee was involved in recruiting, screening, and conducting interviews with candidates. The committee participated in listening sessions and town halls with the UC Berkeley community to gain a broad understanding of the needs and requirements for the next Chancellor. Through the search process, they recommended a pool of candidates for the UC President to select from for final interviews. 

The search advisory committee includes:

  • Michael V. Drake, M.D., UC President (Committee Chair)
  • Richard Leib, Chair, UC Board of Regents 
  • Carmen Chu, UC Regent
  • Jose M. Hernandez, UC Regent
  • Lark Park, UC Regent
  • John A. Pérez, UC Regent
  • Mark Robinson, UC Regent
  • James Steintrager, Chair, Systemwide Academic Senate and Professor of English, Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies, UC Irvine
  • Maximilian Auffhammer, Professor of International Sustainable Development, UC Berkeley
  • Lisa García Bedolla, Professor of Education, UC Berkeley
  • David Schaffer, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Bioengineering, Molecular and Cell Biology, UC Berkeley
  • Rachel Segalman, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Materials, UC Santa Barbara
  • Bettina Duval, Board Chairperson, UC Berkeley Foundation
  • Kirk Tramble, President, Cal Alumni Association
  • Jen Brand, UC Berkeley Staff Assembly representative
  • Sydney Roberts, President, UC Berkeley Associated Students of the University of California
  • McKalee Steen, President, UC Berkeley Graduate Assembly

Position Profile

UC Berkeley Chancellor Search Position Profile 2023


Find answers to frequently asked questions about the search here.

Town Hall Sessions

Members of the Chancellor Search Advisory Committee hosted town halls with the campus community on Oct. 11 in person and virtually on Oct. 12. This was one opportunity to provide input regarding priorities, attributes and qualities of the next chancellor of UC Berkeley.

Search News

Chancellor Carol Christ announces 2024 retirement, plans for ambitious year

UC president launches search for next Berkeley chancellor

Rich Lyons, longtime campus business, innovation leader, will be UC Berkeley's next chancellor