Dean of the School of Public Health to step down after 5-year term

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After five years of service, Stefano Bertozzi, dean of the School of Public Health, will step down from his position.

He was appointed as dean in 2013, leaving his job as the HIV director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Bertozzi will formally step down July 1, but will remain a professor of health policy and management on campus, according to Linda Anderberg, a spokesperson for the school of public health.

During his time as dean, Bertozzi addressed the campuswide budget deficit by planning a more sustainable financial future for the school, according to a campus press release.

“He was instrumental in charting a course through those budget challenges,” Anderberg said. “He did that with fundraising, spending reductions and enrollment growth. … The school’s in a much better financial place.”

Bertozzi was able to reduce the school’s operation deficit during his tenure. He partnered with the campus’s University Development and Alumni Relations, or UDAR, to rebuild the fundraising team and development strategy, and he has seen enrollment grow in the professional degree programs.

Bertozzi also led the school through a reaccreditation process with the Council on Education for Public Health, which resulted in the school being accredited for a seven-year term that lasts until July 2023, according to the campus press release.

“(The school) has also been recognized as a best practice model for student internships and professional development,” said Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Paul Alivisatos in an email to colleagues.

According to Anderberg, Bertozzi created collaborations both on campus and internationally. These programs include the UC-Mexico Initiative, the UCB/UCSF Data Science Fellowship and the UCB/UCSF global health track for the online Masters of Public Health program.

On campus, he helped to develop the Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology with the College of Engineering and began collaboration between the school and the Berkeley Food Institute.

“The biggest overall category of accomplishment is the collaborative initiatives he was instrumental in bringing about,” Anderberg said.

Bertozzi guided the planning of the school’s move to the Berkeley Way West building from University Hall. He will oversee the construction during his last semester as dean.

“The school had been looking for a new location for a long time so there was a lot of fundraising that (Bertozzi) was involved in,” Anderberg said. “(He) collaborated with the schools of psychology and education to move these three units into one new home.”

The move is planned for May, a month after the school plans to celebrate its 75-year anniversary on Cal Day in April, according to Anderberg.

Bertozzi will remain in his position until an interim dean is chosen, according to Alivisatos, who is working with Chancellor Carol Christ to select a successor.

Gioia von Staden is the lead student life reporter. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter at @GioiaVon.