BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley plans to step down from his post at the end of the year.

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said Tuesday that he will leave office on Dec. 31, after more than eight years as leader of one of the world’s leading research universities.

A renowned physicist, the 69-year-old Toronto native says he plans to remain at UC Berkeley to teach and conduct research.

He became the ninth chancellor of the Berkeley campus in September 2004 after four years as president of the University of Toronto.

Birgeneau says he originally hoped to serve for seven years at Berkeley chancellor, but decided to stay longer because of the extraordinary challenges posed to the campus by “the most extreme disinvestment by the state in UC’s history.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

  1. Milan Moravec says:

    Sack the Cal. campus Chancellor. UC Berkeley Chancellor Birgeneau picks the pockets of Californian students and their parents clean. Birgeneau’s tuition/fee increases rank Cal. as the # 1 most expensive (on all-in-cost) public university. Now UC Berkeley is more expensive than Harvard, Yale.

    UC Berkeley Birgeneau ($450,000 salary) has forgotten he is a public servant, steward of the public money, not overseer of his own fiefdom. Tuition fee increases exceed national average rate of increase; On an all-in-cost Cal. ranked # 1 most expensive public university; Recruits (using California tax $) out of state & foreign affluent $50,600 tuition students who displace qualified instate applicants from Cal; Spends $7,000,000 + for OE consultants to do the work of his management team (prominent East Coast university accomplishing same at 0 cost); When procuring OE consultants failed to receive alternative proposals; Pays ex Michigan governor $300,000 for several lectures; Tuition to Return on Investment drops below top 10; QS academic ranking falls below top 10.

    In tough economic times, unpleasant decisions must be made. UC Board of Regents Chair Lansing must oust Chancellor Birgeneau
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    (The author has 35 years’ consulting, has taught at Cal where he observed the culture & ways of senior management & was not fired)

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