UC Berkeley to Pick Columbia Dean as New Chancellor

A Columbia University dean is the pick for new chancellor of UC Berkeley.
Nicholas Dirks, an anthropologist who has written extensively about South Asia, will lead efforts to raise money and support campus diversity.  That's if the Board of Regents approves his appointment.
Steve Montiel, a spokesman from the UC president's office, said Dirks was selected from hundreds of candidates.

"He's got the sensibilities and knowledge of a humanist," Montiel explained. "He's also been involved in fundraising, and quite successfully. He also has a global perspective."

Outgoing Chancellor Robert Birgeneau announced his resignation this spring, after sharp criticism of his handling of Occupy protests on campus.

The UC regents will take up the nomination at a meeting in late November. Birgeneau, who originally said he would retire in December, has agreed to stay on until June 1, 2013, when Dirks will take over if the regents approve his selection.

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