- Two new vice provosts, key positions in the academic administration
at the University of California, Berkeley, have been announced.
History and economics professor Jan de Vries will oversee
academic affairs and faculty welfare while engineering professor
William C. Webster will take the lead for academic planning
"I am delighted
that Jan de Vries and Bill Webster have agreed to serve in
these senior positions. The foundations of Berkeley's excellence
have always been the faculty and the quality of the education
we provide. With these appointments, our faculty and our students
will be well served," said Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl in
announcing the appointments.
provost positions, which are pending the UC Regents' approval,
are key components of a restructuring of the senior administration
that is aimed at seizing opportunities in teaching, technology
and research as UC Berkeley moves into the 21st century.
Vries and Bill Webster know this campus, its faculty and its
academic mission inside and out. But what impresses me most
is their commitment to ensuring that the future of UC Berkeley
is as distinguished as its past. I could not have asked for
two more experienced and skillful partners," said Executive
Vice Chancellor & Provost Designate Paul R. Gray, who will
assume his post on July 1.
appointment in the near future of a vice provost for undergraduate
education and instructional technology, the new senior management
team will be complete. Earlier it was announced that professor
Mary Beth Burnside will become vice chancellor for research
in January 2001 and that Mary Ann Mason, a professor of social
welfare, will become dean of the Graduate Division on Aug.
provost for academic affairs and faculty welfare, de Vries
will be responsible for all aspects of the academic personnel
process for UC Berkeley's 2,500 faculty members. He also will
provide leadership in academic affirmative action and will
oversee the offices of Academic Compliance and Faculty Equity
coming years, we must renew and further develop the best faculty
in the world. I can't think of a greater academic responsibility
and look forward to the challenge it represents," said de
A UC Berkeley
faculty member since 1973, de Vries, 56, is the Sidney Hellman
Ehrman Professor of European History and a professor of economics.
He served as interim dean of the social sciences in 1999 and
was chairman of the history department from 1987-91. He recently
was awarded the A.H. Heineken Prize for History and has published
widely on European and Dutch economic history.
who served as the associate dean of the College of Engineering
from 1991-99, will assume primary responsibility for planning,
coordinating and implementing academic planning initiatives
as the vice provost for academic planning and facilities.
He will also be responsible for operations of self-supporting
academic units, including University Extension and Summer
me about this new position is the opportunity to help determine
what the 'shape' of the university should be so that we can
better address the problems and opportunities California and
the world will face in the coming decades," said Webster.
to a number of positions in academic administration, Webster,
62, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, has
been a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering at UC Berkeley since 1969 and holds the James
Fife Chair in the department. He is a world-recognized expert
in the motion of ships and off-shore platforms such as oil
rigs and floating airport runways.