UC Berkeley chancellor, Smithsonian chief I. Michael Heyman
returns to Berkeley campus
Kathleen Maclay, Public Affairs
I. Michael Heyman, former University of California, Berkeley,
chancellor and former secretary of the Smithsonian Institution,
is back on the UC Berkeley campus as interim director of the
Center for Studies in Higher Education.
highest priority," said Heyman, "is to enthuse faculty
at Berkeley, and UC in general, to regard the center as a place
to locate their intellectual efforts."
center is a campus research unit established in 1956 as the
first research institute in the United States devoted to the
scholarly study of higher education.
current programs explore such issues as the future of digital
technologies in higher education, the role of research universities
in economic development, the need to expand access while maintaining
quality in academic institutions, and include development of
a university history project.
who returned to UC Berkeley in January to his faculty position
as professor in the School of Law (Boalt Hall), has published
numerous articles and taught such topics as civil rights, affirmative
action, constitutional law, real property, planning, metropolitan
government and environmental law.
served at the Smithsonian from 1994 to 1999, and previous to
that was counselor to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior. He
was chancellor at UC Berkeley from 1980 to 1990, and vice chancellor
from 1974 to 1980. Heyman has been a member of the faculty since
1959. He was the chief law clerk for then-United States Supreme
Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.
agreement to lead the Center for Studies in Higher Education
reflects a longstanding interest in promoting scholarly inquiry
into the role of higher education in society and the dynamics
of institutional management.
Berkeley Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl noted the importance of
scholarly discussion and research in higher education and commended
the appointment of Heyman, which he said lends "prestige
and commitment to this unique resource within the UC system."
appointment is "an inspired act," agreed Neil Smesler,
a sociology professor at UC Berkeley, chair of the Center for
Studies in Higher Education's Advisory Committee, and the director
of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences
at Stanford University.