Ira Michael Heyman

Chancellor, 1980-1990

I. Michael Heyman graduated from Dartmouth College and received a law degree from Yale University. He joined the law faculty at Berkeley in 1959, and he became Vice Chancellor in 1974. He was named Berkeley's sixth Chancellor in 1980.

One of the most notable and visible changes in Berkeley during Heyman's administration was the change in the demographics of the student body: non-white undergraduates were 27% of the student body in 1980 and rose to 51% by 1990. Heyman commented that it might take 20 years to understand this 'service' that Berkeley provided to higher education and to California.

A major effort of Heyman's Chancellorship was to replace aging research facilities, particularly in the life sciences; the Life Sciences Building Addition was completed in 1990 and the planning was well underway for the complete renovation of the Life Sciences Building itself. Academic programs in the biological sciences were restructured as well, to adapt to and encourage research in newly emerging fields in biotechnology. Koshland Hall and the Genetics and Plant Biology Building, begun during Heyman's tenure, are also evidence of this restructuring and improvement.

In the light of shrinking state budgets and corresponding cuts in University funding, Heyman devoted increasing effort to fund raising among private donors: Private giving more than tripled during Heyman's administration. A major fund-raising campaign, Keeping the Promise, easily reached its goal of $320 million. The number of endowed chairs on campus increased from 36 to 118.

Students also benefited from Heyman's thoughtfulness and concern. Falling housing supply in Berkeley and the continuing commitment to provide University housing for at least all incoming freshmen prompted the building of the Foothill Housing complex. The Recreational Sports Facility, adjacent to Harmon Gymnasium for Men, added greatly to the sports facilities on campus. In the area of student affaris, however, Heyman himself admitted that dealing with violent dissent was difficult and that the anti-apartheid protests of 1987 were especially painful for him.

I. Michael Heyman returned to teaching law after leaving the Chancellorship and was named Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution in 1994, a post which he still holds today.

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