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Message from Chancellor Birgeneau: Vice Chancellor for Research Beth Burnside to retire
I am writing to inform you that Professor Beth Burnside who has served as Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) since January 1, 2001 will be retiring and leaving office as of October 31, 2008. I am very grateful to Beth for her outstanding leadership of our research portfolio and the strong support that she has given me as Chancellor in advancing our campus-wide research endeavors.
(Steve McConnell/NewsCenter photo)
Beth has very effectively managed a vast and complex portfolio. In addition to administering the flow of research funding to the Berkeley campus (some $600 million annually) and overseeing the compliance of campus research with federal, state and university regulations, her portfolio also facilitates relations between university researchers and private industry. Through her efforts, industry perceptions of the campus as a desirable research partner, while respecting the mission of a public university, have greatly improved. As part of her overall managerial responsibility for Berkeley's research enterprise, Beth has supervised over 50 Research Units, 6 Museums and 7 Field Stations. She has also overseen the campus' close research partnership and administrative interface with the LBNL.
Most recently, Beth was the principal investigator for UC Berkeley, along with Steve Chu, Director of the LNBL, on the proposal for the Energy Biosciences Institute. Her skillful and determined leadership that resulted in a $500 million research contract from BP has been a crowning achievement for Berkeley as it pursues global leadership in research for clean, sustainable and affordable alternative energy.
We will be celebrating Beth's retirement and thanking her for her exceptional and dedicated service to Berkeley at a campus-wide reception in the late fall.
In the meantime, I will be very shortly announcing the formation of an advisory committee to begin the search for her replacement.
Robert J. Birgeneau
Chancellor, UC Berkeley