University of California President Janet Napolitano today (Sept. 19) announced the university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives who will serve on the advisory committee to help in the international search for a new chancellor to lead UC Berkeley. Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano also appointed five regents as members.

Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks plans to remain in the post until a permanent chancellor is appointed.

The members of the search advisory committee for the UC Berkeley chancellor include:

  • UC President Janet Napolitano
  • UC Board of Regents Chair Monica Lozano
  • UC Regents Richard C. Blum, Russell Gould, Sherry L. Lansing, John A. Pérez, Cynthia So Schroeder
  • Jim Chalfant, chair of the systemwide Academic Senate
  • Tsu-Jae King Liu, professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and vice provost for Academic and Space Planning
  • Barbara Spackman, professor of Italian and comparative literature and department chair of Italian Studies
  • Robert Tijan, professor of biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology and former president of Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Alan Terricciano, acting dean of the UC Irvine Claire Trevor School of the Arts, professor of dance, former chair of the Department of Music and former chair of the Department of Dance
  • William Morrow, undergraduate student and president of Associated Students of the University of California
  • Iman Sylvain, graduate student, external affairs vice president of the Graduate Assembly and university affairs chair of the UC Student Association
  • Jason Morimoto, alumnus and president of the Cal Alumni Association
  • Kathleen Valerio, training coordinator at UC Berkeley and Governing Council member of the Berkeley Staff Assembly
  • Richard L. Greene, chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation, chair of the Berkeley Foundation Special Gift Audit Committee and director of the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning

The committee's first meeting will be held October 6, when members and invited guests will gather in a closed session. The forum will include remarks by President Napolitano, followed by separate sessions with various campus constituency groups. The president and committee members will also participate in a luncheon with alumni, donors and community leaders.

The advisory committee will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee's work will be scheduled so that candidates can be presented to President Napolitano for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents, tentatively by spring of 2017.

In addition to presentations by those constituency representatives who will meet with the committee, public comments are encouraged throughout the search process. Comments may be submitted via email to

The executive recruitment firm Isaacson, Miller will assist in the search.

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