Breaking from her predecessor Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor Carol Christ will not live at University House, the 2.5-acre site and three-story mansion that typically serves as the official residence of the campus chancellor, as first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle.
In the past, University House has been the center of occasional campus violence and the target of protesters. In 1992, an Oakland police officer killed Rosebud Denovo at the chancellor’s residence after she broke into the home of then-Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien, and in separate incidents, protesters have thrown torches at and vandalized the property.
The residence also became a subject of scrutiny after it was revealed that the campus had spent more than $1 million on University House renovations, restorations and the installation of a security fence around the house, with the fence construction costing nearly $700,000.
Campus spokesperson Dan Mogulof said in an email that Christ already has a house in Berkeley that “she has owned for years,” and will continue to live there instead of University House. Mogulof added that University House will continue to be used for “campus events involving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University.”
Mogulof said Christ’s decision to live off-campus will have no impact on Christ’s accessibility to the campus community.
“The Chancellor’s accessibility to and engagement with the campus community will not in any way be impacted by where she sleeps at night,” Mogulof said in an email.