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Columbia U. Dean Is Picked as UC-Berkeley’s Next Chancellor

Nicholas B. Dirks, Columbia University’s executive vice president and dean of the faculty of arts and sciences, will be the next chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, the UC president, Mark G. Yudof, announced on Thursday. If the appointment is approved, as expected, by the university’s Board of Regents, Mr. Dirks, a professor of anthropology and history who has written three books about India, would replace Robert J. Birgeneau, who announced in March that he would step down at the end of the year. Mr. Birgeneau has agreed to remain in his position through May, and Mr. Dirks would succeed him on June 1.

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