- Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl announced today (Tuesday, May
23) two key appointments to senior leadership positions at
the University of California, Berkeley.
Professor Mary Beth Burnside, 57, former dean of the biological
sciences at UC Berkeley and a former Chancellor's Professor,
will become vice chancellor for research in January 2001.
Mary Ann Mason, 56, professor of social welfare, becomes the
new dean of the Graduate Division on August 1.
delighted that such distinguished Berkeley faculty members
as Beth Burnside and Mary Ann Mason have agreed to serve the
campus in these important positions," said Berdahl.
appointments are the first of five positions in the campus's
senior management that are expected to be filled before the
fall semester begins. The openings are a result of a restructuring
of the senior administration that Berdahl said is aimed at
seizing opportunities in teaching, technology and research
as the Berkeley campus heads into the new century.
will replace Joseph Cerny, a nuclear chemist, who has had
held the dual position of vice chancellor for research and
dean of the Graduate Division since 1994. He plans to return
to research. As vice chancellor, Burnside will administer
more than $400 million in state, federal and private research
grants awarded annually to UC Berkeley faculty and researchers.
a cell biologist, was dean of the biological sciences from
1983 to 1990 and oversaw its restructuring. The 10-year effort
involved 10,700 students, 200 faculty scientists and 11 academic
departments and, at the time, was the largest reorganization
of research and teaching ever undertaken at a university.
as vice chancellor is to make it as easy as I can for faculty
and students to do research on this campus. Berkeley has an
extraordinarily creative and talented faculty. You don't have
to motivate them, you just have to get out of the way," said
who teaches biology 1A and an upper division cell biology
course to undergraduates, currently runs a research laboratory
studying mechanisms of movement in light sensitive photoreceptors
of the retina, movements that are critical to photoreceptor
survival and vision. Her studies seek to identify cell components
whose function goes awry to produce retinal degeneration in
humans. She said she plans to continue her research as vice
of Texas, Burnside received her BS, MA and PhD in zoology
and developmental biology at the University of Texas at Austin.
She joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1975 as an assistant
professor in anatomy. She became a full professor in 1982
and was honored as a Chancellor's Professor in 1996.
new dean of the Graduate Division, Mason will lead one of
the nation's largest graduate programs with more than 8,000
students and 100 programs. "I'm delighted to have this opportunity,"
said Mason. "This is a critical time to plan the future. We
must safeguard the excellent quality of our graduate education
in these changing times."
she will work to keep UC Berkeley competitive with private
colleges in recruiting top students by building a large endowment
for graduate students. She also faces the challenge of maintaining
diversity among graduate students. Two years ago, as acting
associate dean for UC Berkeley's Graduate Division, she established
a parental leave policy for graduate students.
in the School of Social Welfare for 11 years since her arrival
at UC Berkeley in 1989, Mason has gained a national reputation
as an expert on family and child law. She completed her undergraduate
studies at Vassar College, earned a PhD in history in 1971
from the University of Rochester and received her law degree
from the University of San Francisco in 1976.
she plans to continue teaching her course on children and
the law and pursuing her research on child and family policy
while fulfilling the dean's role.