The University of California at Berkeley's chancellor has appointed Claude L. Steele, the I. James Quillen Dean of Stanford University's education school, as the flagship public's executive vice chancellor and provost. With the appointment by Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, which awaits the formal approval of the University of California's regents, Steele will once again be a major university's top academic officer.
He served as provost of Columbia University from 2009-11 before returning as education dean to Stanford. where he had built his career as a social psychologist best known for his theory of "stereotype threat." Dirks worked with Steele at Columbia, where he was executive vice president and dean of the college of arts and sciences.
"Claude is a world-class scholar, an extraordinarily gifted administrator, and a visionary leader with a deep commitment to teaching, innovation and collaboration," Dirks said. "He is uniquely qualified to help sustain and expand our public mission and ethos, maintain our academic excellence and access and advance on our commitment to diversity in every sense of the word. We look forward to welcoming him to Berkeley."