Update 9/8/16: This story has been updated to reflect additional interviews with Tsu-Jae King Liu and Carol Christ.
Tsu-Jae King Liu — a longtime administrator and professor in the electrical engineering and computer sciences department — will serve as vice provost for academic and space planning, a campuswide email announced Tuesday.
Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Carol Christ noted Liu’s extensive experience in administrative roles within the EECS department and the College of Engineering in the announcement. In her new role, Liu will oversee the use of space across campus and play a major role in the overall direction of campus programs, as well as lead coordination between departments.
Liu will be one of two vice provosts who will work with Christ. Christ said in an email that Liu was both nominated for the position and subsequently applied for it.
“It is a tremendous responsibility to be charged with overseeing the overall programmatic direction of the university and its use of space on campus,” Liu said in an email. “I look forward to working collaboratively with the administration and the Academic Senate to ensure the continued success of Berkeley’s comprehensive educational and research programs.”
Liu added that she hopes to strategically leverage the interest of other institutions around the world to build partnerships that bring in new resources to campus for education, research and public service.
“Sustained faculty interest and commitment are prerequisites for a successful international partnership, however, so I am inclined to foster and support faculty-led initiatives in this regard,” Liu said in an email.
Liu most recently served as the College of Engineering’s associate dean for academic planning and development, after her role as EECS department chair and associate chair from 2012 to 2016. She joined the UC Berkeley EECS faculty in 1996 and served as the department’s vice chair of graduate matters in 2003 — the same year she became a full professor.
Liu has gained recognition for teaching, directing faculty of multiple UC Berkeley laboratories and winning the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Distinguished Professorship in microelectronics.
Christ said in the announcement that Liu has made issues relating to climate, inclusion and diversity her priorities in her administrative work. In addition to coordinating use of space on campus, Liu will oversee international partnerships and agreements in her new role, according to the email.
The position was previously occupied by Andrew Szeri who resigned in June, according to Christ.
Liu will assume the role Oct. 1. At the end of a two-year term, she could continue at the discretion of the next chancellor and executive vice chancellor provost, Christ said in the announcement.
“She brings to it outstanding accomplishments in higher education leadership both in engineering, and more generally on campus,” Christ said in an email. “I am very excited that she is joining my leadership team.”
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