BERKELEY -- UC Berkeley has chosen a prominent social psychologist from Stanford to be its next executive vice chancellor and provost, the university announced Monday.
Claude Steele, the dean of Stanford's Graduate School of Education and a former Columbia University provost, is well known for his research on stereotypes and their effects on the performance of minority students. His most recent book, "Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do," was published in 2010.
"Claude is a world-class scholar, an extraordinarily gifted administrator, and a visionary leader with a deep commitment to teaching, innovation and collaboration," said UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks. "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."
Steele taught at Stanford for 18 years until 2009, when he left for Columbia; he returned to Palo Alto in 2011 to serve as dean. He has also taught at the University of Utah, the University of Washington and the University of Michigan.
Steele will start March 31 if the UC regents approve the terms of the appointment next week. He replaces George Breslauer, who retired as Cal's chief academic officer in December after seven years.