Napolitano Picks First Woman to Serve as UC Berkeley Chancellor

UC President Janet Napolitano announced on March 13 that she has selected Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s interim executive vice chancellor and provost and the former president of Smith College, as her choice to become the campus’s next chancellor, the first woman to serve in the role. (Courtesy of UC Berkeley)

University of California President Janet Napolitano has selected Carol T. Christ to become the next chancellor of UC Berkeley and the first woman to serve in that position.

In a statement Monday, Napolitano's office says that the UC governing board will vote on the nomination Thursday.

Christ, a Victorian literature scholar, spent more than 30 years at Berkeley in a variety of positions ranging from professor and chair of the English Department to dean. She served as the president of Smith College from 2002-2013 before returning to Berkeley, where she is currently provost and interim executive vice chancellor.

The 72-year-old Christ will replace Nicholas Dirks, who resigned last August after critics alleged he was too lenient when handling sexual harassment cases involving several faculty members.