Rich Lyons to Head UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley has selected a successor to Chancellor Carol Christ, who is retiring on July 1. The university’s next leader, Rich Lyons, currently serves as UC Berkeley’s chief innovation and entrepreneurship officer. From 2008 to 2018, he was dean of the Haas School of Business.  

“I am humbled and thrilled to become UC Berkeley’s next chancellor, following the remarkable leadership of Chancellor Christ,” Lyons said in a statement. “Berkeley is one-of-a-kind, and I will endeavor to honor its traditions and history while guiding the campus into its next chapter and growing its impact.”

Christ praised the choice of Lyons, saying he “embodies Berkeley’s very best attributes, and his dedication to the university’s public mission.”

Lyons will take over a time of great upheaval. UC Berkeley has been rocked by protests and counterprotests over the war in Gaza – some of which have turned violent. The U.S. Department of Education is investigating the university over potential discrimination related to the conflict. The Berkeley Faculty Association has warned that the university “is close to the breaking point,” with unprecedented demoralization among staff.

The next chancellor will be compensated well for his troubles. Lyons’ contract calls for a salary of $946,450 per year.  

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