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C. Judson King returning to Berkeley to head Center for Studies in Higher Education

– C. Judson King is coming home.

King joined the University of California, Berkeley campus as an assistant professor in chemical engineering in 1963 and played several critical roles on campus until 1994, when he was lured to UC's systemwide office. King will return this fall to lead UC Berkeley's Center for Studies in Higher Education.

 C. Judson King
C. Judson King (Photo courtesy UC Office of the President)

Currently the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs for the UC system, King formally retires from that post later this month but will remain in the job until his successor can be named.

"We are delighted to have Jud King return to the Berkeley campus. The UC system has benefited greatly from his service these past eight years. Needless to say, his friends and colleagues at the Berkeley campus are thrilled to welcome him back, but Jud's impact will go beyond this campus," said Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl.

"By taking over the helm of the Center for Studies in Higher Education later this year, his deep hands-on knowledge and experienced leadership will benefit the higher education community across California and nationwide."

King will be the 11th director of the center. It was established in 1956 as the first academic research center focused on broad issues of higher education policy. Karl Pister is serving as interim director until King arrives.

"Jud brings to the center broad experience in policy issues confronting higher education, and intimate understanding of the workings of universities, including the significant challenges facing the University of California," said John Douglass, a senior research fellow at CSHE.

As UC provost, King has overseen university initiatives such as the initial academic coordination for the system's 10th campus at Merced; a dramatic expansion of summer and education abroad programs to help meet enrollment growth pressures and foster international education; and implementation of new admissions initiatives, including adaptation to the requirements of Proposition 209, and the transition to a comprehensive admission policy systemwide that evaluate each applicant holistically.

King is responsible for the initial design and guidance of the university's many outreach programs aimed expanding access to more qualified California students.

During his 31 years at UC Berkeley, King served in leadership posts that included the chair of the UC Berkeley Department of Chemical Engineering, dean of the College of Chemistry, and provost of professional schools and colleges. He was appointed vice provost for research in 1994. He was appointed provost and senior vice president for academic affairs in 1996.