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Former UC Berkeley chancellor, Smithsonian chief I. Michael Heyman returns to Berkeley campus
09 Mar 2000

By Kathleen Maclay, Public Affairs

BERKELEY-- 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.

"My 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."

The 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.

Its 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.

Heyman, 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.

Heyman 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.

Heyman's 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.

UC 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."

Heyman's 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.


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