Tuesday, July 1, 2003
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40-year UC veteran will be recalled to the position until a successor is named later this year

C. Judson King, who began a four-decade career at the University of California as an assistant professor of chemical engineering on the Berkeley campus, announced today (Tuesday, July 1) that he is retiring after eight years as systemwide provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, effective July 27, to become director of the UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education on a part-time, post-retirement appointment.

UC President Richard C. Atkinson immediately announced that, with the support and concurrence of President-Designate Robert C. Dynes, he has requested that King delay his move to Berkeley. He will ask the university's Board of Regents to approve a recall appointment so that King can continue in his post until a successor can be named, which is expected later this year. A search for a permanent successor will begin immediately.

"Jud King will be remembered as one of the great provosts of the University of California," Atkinson said. "He was a pillar of the academic enterprise at UC Berkeley during his long career there, and he has been equally effective in providing leadership to the UC system as a whole. He has been level-headed and fair in his treatment of issues and individuals, he has been very effective in implementing numerous academic initiatives, and he has been particularly adept at understanding the needs of the faculty and working with them collaboratively.

"I am deeply grateful for his strong leadership of academic affairs during my presidency, and I could not be happier that as director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education he will continue his service to the university and contribute to broader understanding of the key issues facing higher education."

Since joining the University of California in 1963, King has served in a variety of academic and administrative posts, including chairman of UC Berkeley's department of chemical engineering, dean and provost at Berkeley, and vice provost. Atkinson named him provost and senior vice president in 1995.

"The time has come for me to take up new adventures that are less pressure-packed and less constantly demanding of time," said King, 68, in a statement to university employees. "I very much appreciate Dick Atkinson's having afforded me the opportunity to serve as provost and senior vice president and to work closely with him for the past eight year, which I have enjoyed doing. It has been very fulfilling with each step along the administrative ladder to interact with a wider circle of colleagues and to learn continually the dynamics of other academic fields, other campuses of UC, other universities and other walks of life."

As provost, King has overseen a number of significant university initiatives during his tenure, including initial academic coordination for the system's 10th campus at Merced; a dramatic expansion of the university's summer and education abroad programs to help meet enrollment growth pressures and foster international education; and implementation of new admissions initiatives, including adaptation to the requirements of Proposition 209, the Eligibility by Local Context (ELC) program and comprehensive review. King has also been responsible for the initial design and guidance of the university's many outreach programs designed to expand access to more qualified California students.

"Jud has served as provost during a historic period for the University of California," said Dynes, who will become president October 2. "He has provided sound leadership to the challenges of enrollment growth and admissions reforms, while always ensuring that the university continues to provide a quality educational and research experience to a diverse cross section of students. I am grateful that he has agreed to remain to help me during the first months of my presidency and am pleased that he will continue to be a member of the UC family as director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education."

King indicated, "My one regret in my decision for this new undertaking is that I will not have the opportunity to work with new president Bob Dynes for a longer period."

Established in 1956, the Center for Studies in Higher Education was the first research institute in the United States devoted to the study of systems, institutions and processes of higher education. The center's mission is to produce and support scholarly perspectives on strategic issues in higher education, conduct policy relevant research, promote the development of a community of scholars and policy-makers engaged in policy-oriented discussion, and fulfill a public service role as a resource on higher education.

King said he is looking forward to his new challenge. "It provides a splendid opportunity to step back and, with a fine group of new colleagues, examine and reflect upon the systems of national, international and California higher education in which I and all of UC have been so immersed," he said. "As well, it is an exciting opportunity to build the center to new dimensions and challenges."

King's recall appointment, which will require approval by the regents at the July meeting, will be effective Sept. 2, 2003. He will begin his appointment at the Center for Studies in Higher Education as soon as his successor as UC provost takes office, expected to occur near the end of 2003.

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