The committee tasked with selecting UC Berkeley’s next chancellor sent its list of recommended candidates to UC President Mark Yudof Oct. 3.
The submission of recommended candidates is the next step in a process that began after UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced in March that he would step down at the end of the calendar year.
“We interviewed some very, very qualified candidates,” said Shahryar Abbasi, the undergraduate student representative to the committee and ASUC external affairs vice president. “We certainly have faith that they would lead this university to great heights.”
The chancellor selection advisory committee consists of 17 members, including five UC regents, five faculty representatives, and two student representatives, among others.
Earlier in the search process, potential candidates were identified with the help of private executive search firm Spencer Stuart, which collected background information on all the nominees. The campus community was given the opportunity to offer its input into the process through listening sessions in May and an input box on UC Berkeley’s website.
“After careful vetting by the faculty subcommittee, the full committee comprised of Regents and representatives from the faculty, staff, alumni, students, and the Berkeley Foundation, diligently reviewed all viable candidates,” said Abbasi and Bahar Navab, the graduate student representative to the committee and president of the campus Graduate Assembly, in a statement.
The committee is looking for someone who “will work with faculty, staff, and students to articulate a compelling and ambitious vision that guides the future of UC Berkeley” and “will be expected to manage differences effectively by anticipating issues, communicating openly and consistently, and resolving disagreement with integrity, transparency, and accountability,” among other criteria, according to specifications designed by the committee.
Abbasi said the group wanted a strong candidate with a proven track record.
“We were able to definitely get a good sense of how they would deal with a variety of different situations that they would face with Berkeley,” said Abbasi.
The committee sent its recommendations to Yudof Oct. 3 following three weeks of interviews, according to Navab.
Tentative plans dictate that a candidate will be presented to the UC Board of Regents at its November meeting to be confirmed.