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Engineering Dean Paul R. Gray selected to become UC Berkeley's new Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
03 Feb 2000

By Marie Felde, Public Affairs

BERKELEY-- Paul R. Gray, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, has been named to succeed Carol T. Christ as the campus's Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

The appointment requires approval by the UC Board of Regents and is expected to become effective July 1, 2000, when Christ has announced she plans to return to teaching.

The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is the campus's chief academic officer and serves as the Chancellor's second-in-command in all areas of planning and administration. In announcing his choice for the position, Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl praised Gray as a strong academic leader with a reputation across campus as a dean of notable competence and vision.

"Paul Gray has shown a deep commitment to the mission of this great public university and brings to this crucial position the skills and enthusiasm necessary to maximize the possibilities and opportunities before us. I am absolutely delighted to have Paul as a partner as we move forward," said Berdahl.

Dean of the College of Engineering since 1996, 57-year-old Gray oversees the campus's largest professional school, which has more than 4,000 students, a faculty of 200 and an annual budget of $130 million.

"I am honored to have this opportunity to work with the chancellor, senior administrators and the campus community to help make the tremendous progress we envision for Berkeley in this new century," said Gray. "Berkeley's excellence spans the domains of knowledge - the humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences, engineering and the professions. Our goal is to support and enhance that excellence for students, scholars and the people of California."

Gray said he saw the major challenges facing the Berkeley campus as responding to growing student demand for enrollment; ensuring access for outstanding students; renewing facilities; attracting top professors; and making the best use of new technology for teaching and distance learning.

"We have a phenomenal community of faculty, staff, students and alumni," he said. "We'll work together to turn challenges into opportunities and opportunities into programs that will benefit the next generations of Berkeley students."

An authority in integrated circuit design, Gray joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1972 as an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences. Two years later, he was promoted to associate professor and became a full professor in 1978. He holds the Roy W. Carlson Chair in Engineering and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the highest professional honor for a U.S. engineer.

As dean of UC Berkeley's highly ranked College of Engineering, Gray oversaw a planned 10 percent increase in enrollment over the past three years. He worked closely with faculty members to establish a new Department of Bioengineering, the college's first new department in 40 years.

He is also a key player in guiding progress in the remarkable seismic renovation and modernization of Hearst Memorial Mining Building, a national historic landmark that is being transformed into a state-of-the-art teaching and research center.

In his new role, Gray hopes to foster collaborations in research and teaching that span traditional academic disciplines. "Berkeley has a uniquely good track record in building broadly interdisciplinary programs that have a major impact on society's toughest problems, such as health care," he said. "We need to be proactive, to help faculty bring forth these initiatives that will make a difference."

He said he also is eager to use new technology to bring UC Berkeley's educational power to wider communities of learners. "Information technology is changing everything about the way higher education is delivered," he said. "It will open new avenues for on-campus learners and enable us to reach new populations of students across the state and beyond."

Gray and his wife, Judy, reside in Orinda, Calif., and have two sons, Matt, 28, and Ryan, 24.


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