The University of California, Berkeley
The University of California, Berkeley, a public land-grant university founded in 1868, is a member of the University of California system and the first of its ten campuses. Today, it educates some 36,000 students. Committed to a mission of teaching, research, and public service, UC Berkeley is one of the world’s preeminent universities.
Respected sources have repeatedly ranked it among the world’s top universities in fields ranging from engineering and the physical and life sciences to the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Over the years, its faculty has included 22 Nobel Prize recipients (including eight who are current faculty members), 32 MacArthur fellows, and four Pulitzer Prize winners. Top graduate students from around the world are drawn to partner with Berkeley’s distinguished faculty, and the University is the largest producer of PhDs in the United States. Central to the University’s public character, about 25% of undergraduate students are the first in their families to attend college and Berkeley educates as many Pell Grant recipients as all Ivy League schools combined.
For information about the campus, as well as Berkeley’s distinguished faculty, students, and programs, please visit http://www.berkeley.edu.
Current Environment and Opportunities for the Academic Enterprise
Berkeley has recently emerged from a period of significant disinvestment by the State of California. The resulting shift in the composition of Berkeley’s funding sources in recent years creates a different context for the campus. With State funding at about 11 percent of total resources, Berkeley is now in a significantly more competitive environment – competing for contracts and grants, for philanthropic gifts, and for students who are paying more for their education. Berkeley has met these challenges, emerging stronger from this period, with institutional strategies built on Berkeley’s pillars of access and excellence.
At this point in its long history, the campus’s priorities are to continue to sustain and enhance its academic preeminence in research and teaching, to provide maximum access for students from all socio-economic backgrounds, and to invest in systems and infrastructure to provide world-class support for teaching, research and public service. In partnership with the Chancellor, the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost will enable Berkeley to pursue continued excellence around these priorities.
UC Berkeley is among the most important public institutions of higher education in the United States and, perhaps, the world. As it develops its competitive strategies, the EVCP has an exciting opportunity to play a significant role in its ongoing preeminence and in the changing landscape of higher education.
Reporting to and working in close partnership with the Chancellor, the EVCP plays a critical role in developing and implementing UC Berkeley’s vision and priorities and is the Chancellor’s leading senior executive responsible for their execution and implementation.
The EVCP’s portfolio includes the campus’s 14 schools and colleges, and he/she has ultimate management authority over approximately 9,000 FTE and the $1.4 billion annual operating budget of the academic enterprise. The EVCP operates in partnership with the highest levels of campus and system-wide leadership, and represents Berkeley on academic issues on campus, to the community, and to a broad range of external constituents. In particular, the EVCP collaborates closely with the Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance (VCAF) on a wide variety of strategic and operational issues including the management of the campus-wide budget process, comprising in-year operating budget allocations and capital finance. The EVCP acts for Chancellor Dirks in his absence.
As the chief academic officer of the Berkeley campus, the EVCP has leadership responsibility for the planning, development, implementation, assessment and improvement of all academic programs, policies and supporting infrastructure. The EVCP has responsibility for ensuring Berkeley’s academic preeminence through planning for faculty recruitment, retention and renewal as well as through rigorous review of key faculty personnel actions. The EVCP also has overall responsibility for the planning, quality and delivery of education provided to Berkeley’s 25,700 undergraduate students and 10,100 graduate students. These activities are carried out in consultation and cooperation with the Academic Senate under Berkeley’s shared governance model, and through ongoing interactions with student leaders
The EVCP is a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet and convenes the Council of Deans, and other important campus committees. The EVCP serves on the UC system-wide Council of Vice Chancellors.
Reports to: Chancellor, UC Berkeley
Direct Reports: 2 Vice Provosts
Chief of Staff
Chief Information Officer (jointly with VCAF)
Several program directors
KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar and educator with stature in the academy and a track record of providing academic leadership in a complex, comprehensive, and intellectually elite institution of higher education. In addition, he/she will have experience:
Critical Competencies for Success
Academic vision and values: In an institution widely regarded as one of the world’s preeminent universities but one that, as a public university, faces a unique set of objectives and challenges, maintain comprehensive excellence by:
Strategic decision making: In an institution with a unique set of intellectual and physical assets, challenges, and opportunities, position Berkeley to successfully compete for financial capital and excellent faculty, staff, and students by:
Mission-driven: In an institution with a vital mission whose values are excellence, access, and affordability, demonstrate a commitment to Berkeley’s greatness by:
To apply or make a nomination, please send an email with supporting material to firstname.lastname@example.org. UC Berkeley is committed to equity and inclusion. The University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.