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March 14, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, who has led the prestigious campus since 2004 through state budget cuts, Nobel Prizes and campus protests, announced Tuesday that he would step down Dec. 31. A Canadian-born physicist who is turning 70 this month, Birgeneau said he has stayed on the job longer than he originally anticipated because he wanted to leave the campus in stable financial shape. Although funding challenges remain, Birgeneau told reporters Tuesday that he "didn't want to step down until I was comfortable that we'd reached some kind of equilibrium with our budget.
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January 28, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
After he retires as chancellor of UC Berkeley in June, Robert J. Birgeneau will head up a national effort to study and help public universities in an era of reduced tax support, new technology and changing student demographics. Birgeneau, a physicist, is to lead the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' new initiative that will propose ways for the federal government, private industry and foundations to better aid state institutions, along with developing reforms the schools could undertake.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
A high-ranking Columbia University administrator and an expert on the history and culture of India will be the next chancellor of UC Berkeley, officials announced Thursday. Nicholas B. Dirks will succeed Robert J. Birgeneau in one of the most prominent positions in American higher education. Dirks is Columbia's executive vice president and dean of the faculty for Arts and Sciences at that New York campus, overseeing 29 academic departments. He will start as UC's Berkeley leader June 1. The 36,000-student UC campus often ranks as the best public university in the nation by various measures, and its student body is among the most politically active.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
A high-ranking Columbia University administrator and an expert on the history and culture of India will be the next chancellor of UC Berkeley, officials announced Thursday. Nicholas B. Dirks will succeed Robert J. Birgeneau in one of the most prominent positions in American higher education. Dirks is Columbia's executive vice president and dean of the faculty for Arts and Sciences at that New York campus, overseeing 29 academic departments. He will start as UC's Berkeley leader June 1. The 36,000-student UC campus often ranks as the best public university in the nation by various measures, and its student body is among the most politically active.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2013 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
After he retires as chancellor of UC Berkeley in June, Robert J. Birgeneau will head up a national effort to study and help public universities in an era of reduced tax support, new technology and changing student demographics. Birgeneau, a physicist, is to lead the American Academy of Arts and Sciences' new initiative that will propose ways for the federal government, private industry and foundations to better aid state institutions, along with developing reforms the schools could undertake.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2004 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Regents of the University of California on Tuesday named University of Toronto President Robert J. Birgeneau, an internationally known physicist, as the next chancellor of UC Berkeley. Birgeneau, a former longtime professor and dean of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will assume leadership of UC's oldest -- and to many, its most prestigious -- campus in October. He will replace Robert M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2005 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Robert J. Birgeneau, who was inaugurated Friday as the chancellor of UC Berkeley, said his most significant challenge will be trying to boost the "egregiously" low enrollments of African American and Latino students at his campus. In his inaugural address, Birgeneau, 63, cited the disproportionately low enrollments of these students at UC Berkeley as what he called the "unintended consequences" of the state's ban on affirmative action.
OPINION
April 30, 2012
When California's highest-achieving students apply to the University of California, the chief factors determining which campus they attend should be which school is the best fit and what qualifications they have for admission, not how much their parents can afford to pay. So the UC regents should be very wary of a report out of UC Berkeley proposing new levels of autonomy for each of the system's 10 schools. That autonomy, according to the proposal coauthored by Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, would include the ability to set tuition, within certain limits, and to determine how many students to accept from out of state.
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June 7, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
An independent report released Wednesday criticizes the use of force by University of California police during the Occupy Wall Street protests at UC Berkeley last fall. The report, written by the campus' independent Police Review Board, found that officers appeared to have strayed from campus policies and norms in their use of batons against protesters and called on the university to better explain when the use of force is appropriate. "Strictly confined limits, as precise as possible, should be articulated regarding the use of force by law enforcement during any protest events," the report said.
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August 8, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Kim A. Wilcox, a former top official at Michigan State University, was appointed as the ninth chancellor of UC Riverside at a special meeting of the UC Board of Regents on Thursday. The board voted unanimously for the appointment, with regents praising Wilcox's commitment to top-tier research and student diversity. But his compensation of $354,000 drew strong objections from Gov. Jerry Brown, who questioned the propriety of such a salary when so many in California and elsewhere are struggling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2012 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau, who has led the prestigious campus since 2004 through state budget cuts, Nobel Prizes and campus protests, announced Tuesday that he would step down Dec. 31. A Canadian-born physicist who is turning 70 this month, Birgeneau said he has stayed on the job longer than he originally anticipated because he wanted to leave the campus in stable financial shape. Although funding challenges remain, Birgeneau told reporters Tuesday that he "didn't want to step down until I was comfortable that we'd reached some kind of equilibrium with our budget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2005 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Robert J. Birgeneau, who was inaugurated Friday as the chancellor of UC Berkeley, said his most significant challenge will be trying to boost the "egregiously" low enrollments of African American and Latino students at his campus. In his inaugural address, Birgeneau, 63, cited the disproportionately low enrollments of these students at UC Berkeley as what he called the "unintended consequences" of the state's ban on affirmative action.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 2004 | Rebecca Trounson, Times Staff Writer
Regents of the University of California on Tuesday named University of Toronto President Robert J. Birgeneau, an internationally known physicist, as the next chancellor of UC Berkeley. Birgeneau, a former longtime professor and dean of science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will assume leadership of UC's oldest -- and to many, its most prestigious -- campus in October. He will replace Robert M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco -- The University of California regents Wednesday heard grim predictions on how proposed state budget cuts would affect students and faculty even as officials sought to soften the blow by slashing spending at the UC headquarters and shifting the savings to the system's 10 campuses. "The painful truth is that we are at the point of compromising educational quality," UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal told the Board of Regents. He was among several campus leaders who gave the board forecasts about reduced class offerings and staff layoffs that are likely next year.
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January 14, 2011 | By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
The chancellor of UC Berkeley is drawing criticism for sending a campuswide e-mail that linked a Tucson shooting rampage with Arizona's crackdown on illegal immigrants and the failure of the DREAM Act. In the e-mail, sent Monday, Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau condemned a "climate in which demonization of others goes unchallenged and hateful speech is tolerated. " He continued, postulating on factors that may have motivated Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in Saturday's shootings, in which six people died, including a 9-year-old girl, and 13 were injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.
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