Dear Cal Parents,
I’ve been thinking a lot about journeys as I begin my time as Berkeley’s 11th chancellor. I still vividly remember the first journey I took to California—across the country by car, the first time I’d been west of Philadelphia—to begin my faculty appointment here. It was then, in those first months of teaching, that I fell in love with Berkeley—a love that still animates me now. I hope my history and experience with the campus will give me the knowledge and wisdom to be the chancellor the campus needs.
My goals include strengthening the bonds of our community; re-imagining our financial model; clearly articulating our steadfast commitment to free speech, as well as our contributions to the public good; and achieving even greater excellence in research, teaching and public service. I want Berkeley to be its best self, an extraordinary place that helps learners—your children—cultivate their intellectual passions and sets them on a path toward fulfilling lives and careers.
As I think about the road ahead for the university, it’s important to me to hear your insights and ideas as I shape my plans. There are challenges before us, but also extraordinary opportunities. I have been humbled and encouraged by the many messages that I’ve already received from members of our campus community, including parents. Your evident care for the campus, and your belief in the power of our community, give me hope and optimism for the future. This is our Berkeley; I am honored to be its leader.
Carol Christ, chancellor