2009年 08月 26日
Q. You officially started as dean of the Goldman School on July 1. What have your first weeks on the job been like?
A. It is tremendously exciting to be Dean – the School has a wonderful faculty, extraordinary students, dedicated staff, and a great “campus-like” area between two fine buildings. Of course, this is a difficult time for Cal as we deal with budget cuts and changes – but it is also a chance to think anew about what we are doing. And with our capabilities, I know that the School has a very bright and exciting future.
Q. What aspects of being dean of the Goldman School are most exciting to you?
A. I enjoy the chance to get to know students and to work with them. And I like the idea of setting a 21st century agenda for the school and figuring out how we can meet that agenda so that we remain the best public policy school in the nation.
Q. What are a couple of your priorities (big-vision items) for the School?
A. A very large proportion of the School’s students have had extensive experience in other countries, and these students have a great interest in places outside the United States. One of my priorities is to make sure that we fulfill their desire for more internationally oriented education. Another priority is to make sure that the school engages with the science and engineering departments at Berkeley so that we can help to inform public policies involving new technologies (e.g., global warming, energy, transportation, information technology, etc.)
Q. Everyone knows about the dismal budget situation. How are the UC budget cuts affecting GSPP?
A. The Goldman School has been very prudent and it has already implemented a number of cuts to make sure that we can deal with the budget situation. These cuts are not painless, but we are trying to do them in such a way that our educational and research missions are still strongly supported. I think that students will barely notice the changes. At the same time, everyone should know that faculty and staff members are making substantial sacrifices to maintain the quality and character of the Goldman School.
Q. What is a typical ‘dean day’ like?
A. Deans meet with lots of people; they think a lot about how to make sure that everyone’s needs are considered; and they try to spend some time thinking about the larger issues. In my first month, I have focused a lot on fund-raising, on insuring the School’s fiscal soundness, and on getting to know people around the school.
Q. Has anything especially surprised you so far?
A. Since I was first at the School in 1978 and since I was married in the School’s living room in 1980 (really, truly, honestly), I know it pretty well. But one thing that has surprised me is how wonderful the Dean’s office is. It is warm, pleasant, and nice to be in. I think part of the reason for that is that I have great affection for the School and for its mission.
Q. In addition to your new duties as dean, what’s on your plate this summer?
A. I’m still running the Survey Research Center until mid-August which is a real task given the budget cuts. I’m also trying to make progress on two separate book projects.