Challenges to Public Universities
Stated Meeting, Berkeley, CA
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Thursday, December 2, 2008
Robert J. Birgeneau
became the ninth Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. An
internationally distinguished physicist, he is a leader in higher education and
is well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in the academic community.
Before coming to Berkeley, Birgeneau served for four years as President of the University
of Toronto. He previously was Dean of the School of Science at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology, where he spent 25 years on the faculty. He is a Fellow
of the Royal Society of London and the American Philosophical Society as well as
being a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences. He has received many
awards for teaching and research, and is among the most cited physicists in the
world for his work on the fundamental properties of materials. Honored with the
Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award in 2008 and the American Academy
Founders Award in 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts
& Sciences in 1987.
Mark G. Yudof (15 min.) became President of the
University of California System in June of 2008. He served as chancellor of the
University of Texas System from August 2002 to May 2008 and as president of the
four-campus University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2002. Before that, he was a faculty
member and administrator at the University of Texas at Austin for 26 years, serving
as dean of the law school from 1984 to 1994 and as the university’s executive vice
president and provost from 1994 to 1997. He recently completed a two-year term on
the U.S. Department of Education’s Advisory Board of the National Institute for
Literacy and currently serves as a member of the President’s Council on Service
and Civic Participation. He is a distinguished authority on constitutional law,
freedom of expression and education law who has written and edited numerous publications
on free speech and gender discrimination, including “Educational Policy and the
Law.” A member of the American Law Institute, he was elected a Fellow of the American
Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2001.
Christopher F. Edley, Jr. (17 min.) became Dean
of UC Berkeley School of Law in 2004 after 23 years as a professor at Harvard Law
School, where he was founding Co-Director of The Harvard Civil Rights Project (1996-2004).
At Berkeley, he is founder and faculty Co-Director of the Chief Justice Earl Warren
Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity, a multidisciplinary think tank. In 2005,
he completed a six-year term as a member of the bipartisan U.S. Commission on Civil
Rights. During the Carter administration he served as Assistant Director of the
White House Domestic Policy Staff and during the Clinton administration as Associate
Director of the Office of Management and Budget in 1993-1995, as special counsel
to President Clinton, and as senior adviser on the President’s Race Initiative in
1997-1999. His areas of special interest include administrative law, education policy,
and race. His publications include Not all Black and White: Affirmative Action,
Race, and American Values (1996); and Administrative Law: Rethinking Judicial
Control of Bureaucracy (1990). He is a trustee of the Russell Sage Foundation
and of The Century Foundation, and a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration,
the Council of Foreign Relations, and the American Law Institute. He was elected
a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2007.