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Advisory committee named in chancellor search

21 January 2004

University of California President Robert Dynes has named a 17-member committee of university regents, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community representatives to advise him in the search for the next chancellor of UC Berkeley, replacing Robert Berdahl, who will step down from his post in June.

The committee’s first meeting is set for Jan. 28 on the Berkeley campus, where committee members will meet in closed session with groups of faculty, staff, students, and community representatives to gather ideas and comments regarding the search and to learn the distinct needs of the Berkeley campus.

The committee also will be involved in recruiting, screening, and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The process will be assisted by the search firm of A.T. Kearney Inc.

Dynes, who chairs the selection committee, hopes to bring a recommendation on a candidate to the Board of Regents by April.

The committee’s membership includes:

Faculty: Catherine Gallagher is Eggers Professor of English Literature at Berkeley and current chair of the Department of English; Herma Hill Kay is Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law at Boalt Hall, where she served as dean from 1992-2000; William Lester, Jr. is a professor of chemistry at Berkeley and a scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Lawrence Pitts is a professor of neurosurgery at UCSF, faculty representative to the Board of Regents (through Sept. 1, 2004), and chair of the Academic Council of the University of California; Alexandra Navrotsky is a professor of chemical engineering and materials science at UC Davis.

Regents: Richard Blum, chair of Blum Capital Partners, L.P., and co-chairman of Newbridge Capital, LLC, was appointed by Governor Gray Davis and holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from Berkeley; John Davies, an attorney with Allen, Matkins, Leck, Gamble & Mallory, San Diego, was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, received his LL.B. from Berkeley, and was chair of the Board of Regents from 1998-2000; Judith Hopkinson, former chief operating officer of Ameriquest Capital Corp., was appointed by Governor Gray Davis and holds a B.A. in architecture from Berkeley; Velma Montoya, a former commissioner of the U. S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson; John Moores, currently the chair of the Board of Regents, is chairman of the San Diego Padres baseball club and JMI Services, Inc., in San Diego and was appointed by Governor Gray Davis; Gerald Parsky, chairman of Aurora Capital Partners, L.P., in Los Angeles, was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson; and Robert Dynes, president of the University of California and an ex officio regent by virtue of his position.

Staff representative: Pamela Burnett, director, Undergraduate Admissions at Berkeley, holds a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Berkeley.

Student representatives: Kris Cuaresma-Primm, a Berkeley senior, is president of the Associated Students of the University of California; Jessica Quindel is president of the Graduate Assembly at Berkeley.

UC Berkeley Foundation representative: Dwight Barker ’59, chair, UC Berkeley Foundation.

Alumni representative: Nadesan Permaul, President, California Alumni Association, is director of Parking and Transportation at Berkeley and a lecturer in rhetoric and political science.