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President Drake announces appointment of new UC Berkeley chancellor

Richard K. Lyons, incoming UC Berkeley chancellor

Richard K. Lyons, incoming UC Berkeley chancellor

On April 10, 2024, President Michael V. Drake, M.D., announced the selection of Richard K. Lyons, former dean of the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and current associate vice chancellor and chief innovation and entrepreneurship officer, to become UC Berkeley’s next chancellor. Lyons will assume his new role on July 1, 2024, when current Chancellor Carol Christ steps down.

The UC Board of Regents approved the appointment during a special meeting at UCLA. It follows an extensive national search that engaged stakeholders throughout campus, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and Regents.

“As the world’s preeminent public research university, UC Berkeley needs and deserves a bold and visionary leader with a deep commitment to higher education and to preserving Berkeley’s academic and research prowess. We are thrilled to name Richard Lyons as the campus’s next chancellor,” said President Drake. “Rich is a UC Berkeley alumnus and a respected academic leader who brings deep campus and community relationships and a proven track record of garnering support for impactful programs and initiatives.”

“I am humbled and thrilled to become UC Berkeley’s next chancellor, following the remarkable leadership of Chancellor Christ. Berkeley is one of a kind, and I will endeavor to honor its traditions and history while guiding the campus into its next chapter and growing its impact,” said Lyons. “Together with the campus community, we will build on Berkeley’s distinctive values and excellence to ensure that it continues to be the campus of choice for the very best students, staff and faculty alike.”

Read more about incoming chancellor Lyons at the UC Press Room


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