Former Cornell University president Frank Rhodes, who named Berkeley as the standard by which all universities in the country are compared, was presented with this year's Clark Kerr Award at a celebration of the Academic Senate's 75th anniversary Oct. 17 at the Faculty Club.
Rhodes, the longest-serving university president in the Ivy League, called Clark Kerr the "the architect of the modern University of California" and Berkeley the "flagship institution of higher education.
"I am reminded of a story of Howard Trieste (checking spelling), the Irish novelist, who compared the beautifully bound and produced American edition of a new novel that she had written with a less beautifully bound and produced British version," he said. "She wrote a letter to that British publisher in London, in which she said, 'As the cock said to the hen when he looked at the ostrich egg, 'I'm not complaining. I'm not criticizing. I'm merely drawing attention to what is being done elsewhere.' I have frequently done that with Berkeley."
The Clark Kerr Award was created in 1968 to honor individuals who have made an extraordinary and distinguished contribution to the advancement of higher education.
Rhodes also congratulated the Academic Senate on its 75th anniversary, saying he has "looked at governance here from afar and admired it."
Eleven former senate chairs were recognized at the evening event. Kerr, new UC President Richard C. Atkinson, Chancellor Tien and Senate Chair Oliver Williamson also gave brief presentations.