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Media Advisory

UC Berkeley Robert M. Berdahl announces he will leave his post in June, 2004

25 September 2003


Contact: Media Relations
(510) 642-3734

An opportunity for reporters to speak with UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl following today's announcement that he will step down in June '04.

Between 2 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday, Sept. 25). Berdahl will be available for interviews with reporters in person or by phone. Arrangements must be made by calling the Media Relations office today.

Berdahl, 66, was appointed the eighth chancellor of the Berkeley campus in March 1997, capping an academic career devoted to leadership in public universities, including four and a half years as president of the University of Texas at Austin.

During his tenure as chancellor he has overseen an unprecedented rebuilding and renovation of the campus, returned the library to national pre-eminence, enhanced undergraduate education, raised private giving to the highest level in the university's history, and helped launch the establishment of three major research centers.

Berdahl, a historian, plans to take a year's leave and return to the campus to teach and continue scholarly work.

A full press release will be distributed later today and is available on the campus Web site, http://www.berkeley.edu