Berkeley wasn't the only UC campus to learn about its new leader last week.
The UC Board of Regents also named Harvard University Provost Albert Carnesale to the top job at UCLA.
Carnesale, 60, will succeed Charles Young on July 1.
Young is retiring as chancellor after nearly three decades -- making him the longest serving chancellor in UC history and currently the longest serving leader of any university campus in the nation.
Carnesale is an expert on U.S. foreign policy and international security and the former dean of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
He has been the university's provost and deputy to Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstine since 1994.
"UCLA is a magnificent university," Carnesale said.
"I look forward to working with the faculty, students, staff, the greater campus community and the entire UC community in furthering the dynamism and excellence for which UCLA is known throughout the world."
Before joining Harvard in 1974, the New York native held positions in academia, government and industry.
He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cooper Union in New York and earned his PhD in nuclear engineering from North Carolina State University, where he also taught and was head of the division of university studies and university coordinator for environmental studies.