Campus to inaugurate, celebrate new chancellor Nov. 8

In a tradition-rich celebration honoring the campus’s history, achievements and plans for a vibrant future, UC Berkeley will inaugurate its 10th chancellor, Nicholas Dirks, on Friday, Nov. 8.

Chancellor Dirks

Chancellor Nicholas Dirks

An internationally renowned historian and anthropologist, Dirks previously served as Columbia University’s executive vice president, dean of faculty of arts and sciences and the Franz Boas Professor of Anthropology and History.

He was appointed by the UC regents in November 2012 and began his official tenure at Berkeley in June.

“As I settle into my new role, I am constantly reminded of the many ways in which our university serves as a shining beacon for all that public education can be,” Dirks says. He calls being at Berkeley “thrilling and inspiring.”

Campus students, faculty, alumni and guests will be part of the inaugural festivities, which include:

  • Symposia, featuring panels of Berkeley faculty and guest scholars, regarding undergraduate education, the role of the global university, and innovation through basic and applied research. These are open to the campus community and invited guests. (9 a.m., International House, Chevron Auditorium)
  • Rally, a student-sponsored event open to all. (12:15 p.m., Sproul steps)
  • Procession, featuring alumni, faculty and delegates from institutions around the world in academic regalia. Pre-registration is required. (2:30 p.m., Lower Sproul Plaza)
  • Ceremony, featuring speakers, special presentations and the traditional ceremony of investiture, to be followed by a reception. This event is open to the public; seating is limited and advance ticketing is required. (3 p.m., Zellerbach Auditorium)
  • Tailgate party, prior to the Cal-USC football game. (Saturday, Nov. 9, 2.5 hours before kickoff, Hearst North Field, adjacent to Hearst Gym)

For information, visit the Inauguration website.