UC Berkeley chancellor steps down

Kali Persall,
Managing Editor

Another UC Berkeley faculty member just called it quits.

On Tuesday, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks announced that he will step down from his position sometime next year, once a replacement is found.

“Over the summer I have come to the personal decision that the time is right for me to step aside and allow someone else to take up the financial and institutional challenges ahead of us,” he stated in a message to the campus community.

According to UC Berkeley Public Affairs, Dirks, a historian and anthropologist, became the tenth chancellor of UC Berkeley on June 1, 2013.

UC Berkeley made headlines earlier this year when a slew of sexual harassment charges against faculty and staff surfaced, which revealed a lapse in disciplinary action on behalf of the school.

In April, Dirks created the Committee on Sexual Violence, Harassment and Assault to take a closer look at these cases and bolster improvements in policies and services to prevent harassment. Headed by Dirks, the committee began gathering data in April and will report their findings to the chancellor in October.

Dirks said he looked forward to helping in the transition process and fulfilling his primary reason for coming to the school, to teach full-time.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Dan Mogulof confirmed that Dirks intends to remain at Berkeley as a member of the university’s faculty in his academic fields of expertise, history and anthropology.