‘In the pipeline’: William Russell Ellis reflects on 25 years with UC Berkeley

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William Russell Ellis studied at UCLA on an athletic scholarship after running track at Compton High School. He received his doctorate in sociology, becoming a professor at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design.

Before he was passionate about singing, however, Ellis played many different roles in his life: track star, scholar, professor, artist and mover and shaker, acting as UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor of undergraduate affairs from 1989 to 1995.
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