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Robert J. Birgeneau to be inaugurated as UC Berkeley chancellor on Friday

14 April 2005

ATTENTION: News editors and higher education reporters

Contact: Janet Gilmore, Media Relations
(510) 642-5685 jangilmore@berkeley.edu

The inauguration of Robert J. Birgeneau as the ninth chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley. The campus community, along with dignitaries from across the state and beyond, will participate in a colorful and tradition-steeped ceremony, highlighted by an address by Birgeneau about his goals as chancellor.

Birgeneau became chancellor of UC Berkeley in September 2004, but chancellors are traditionally inaugurated around Charter Day, the anniversary of the founding of the University of California. This year marks the 137th anniversary of the university.

2 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, April 15)

Zellerbach Hall

Before coming to UC Berkeley, Birgeneau served four years as president of the University of Toronto. A Toronto native, Birgeneau received his B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1963 and his Ph.D. in physics from Yale University in 1966. At UC Berkeley, Birgeneau holds a faculty appointment in the physics department in addition to serving as chancellor. He and his wife, Mary Catherine, have four grown children.