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New Dean Appointed at UC Berkeley Extension

by Jim Martin, UC Berkeley Extension
posted December 02, 1998

Internationally known scholar and environmentalist Garry Brewer has been appointed dean of UC Berkeley Extension. He will also hold a faculty appointment in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG), an interdisciplinary graduate-level department and program on campus.

Brewer, 57, comes to Berkeley from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he was the first director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Environmental Management Institute. He also served as dean of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment (1992-95) and held faculty positions in the schools of Business Administration and Natural Resources and Environment.

"I am tremendously excited by Professor Brewer's arrival at UC Berkeley Extension," says Vice Provost Nicholas Jewell. "He possesses the perfect combination of academic credentials and administrative leadership to lead Extension into the 21st century."

Between 1974 and 1991, Brewer was on the faculty at Yale University, where he held simultaneous appointments in two of Yale's professional schools, Organization and Management and Forestry and Environmental Studies, as well the departments of Political Science and Epidemiology & Public Health.

Brewer has published widely on a broad range of topics, including organizational complexity and behavior, computer applications to social and national security problems, political and economic development, forecasting and strategic planning, environmental management and resource policy issues.

From 1992 to 1997, he held a presidential appointment to the United States Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board, which provides general oversight and final scientific review for the disposal of the country's high-level nuclear waste.

This year, in addition to assuming his new position at UC Berkeley, Brewer is serving as The King Carl XVI Gustaf Professor of Environmental Sciences at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He holds the position, created in honor of the king's 50th birthday, at the invitation of King Carl XVI Gustaf.

A Berkeley alum ('63) with a BA in mathematical economics, Brewer holds an MS in public administration from San Diego State University and a MPhil and PhD in political science, both from Yale.

UC Berkeley Extension, a self-supporting UC unit with a $42 million annual budget, is one of the oldest and largest continuing education programs in the country.

Brewer replaces Mary Metz, who recently retired as dean and will begin serving as president of the S.H. Cowell Foundation in San Francisco early next year.


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