Chancellor Robert J. Birgeneau today (Tuesday, March 13) announced he is stepping down at the end of 2012 as chancellor of UC Berkeley after more than eight years as its senior leader.
“I am deeply grateful to have been entrusted with the profound responsibility of leading this great institution and its outstanding faculty, staff and students through one of the most challenging periods in its 144-year history,” Birgeneau said in a letter today to the campus community.
The internationally distinguished physicist plans to remain at UC Berkeley to teach and conduct research.
"In his more than seven years as Chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley, Robert Birgeneau has proven to be a passionate, dedicated and effective steward of the world's greatest public university," said UC President Mark Yudof. "He has been an ardent champion of academic excellence, as well as an unwavering advocate for the underdog."