- UC-Berkeley on Monday announced Stanford Graduate School of Education Dean Claude Steele as its next executive vice chancellor and provost.
- The professor emeritus of psychology will begin the new position March 31, and Deborah Stipek, who led Stanford's Graduate School of Education from 2001 to 2011, will step back into the dean position for 18 months.
- Steele is best known for his research on stereotype threat, and aside from overseeing Berkeley's academic programs, daily operations and budget, part of his agenda will include increasing student and faculty diversity.
Following his two decades at Stanford, during which he served in a variety of roles, Steele served as provost of Columbia University from 2009 to 2011. There, he also previously worked with current Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. With the amount of experience he brings to the table, Steele should be successful in improving the school's finances and diversity. UC regents are set to review his appointment next week.