Nominations Open: the 2016 "Class of 1931" Interview in University History
Nominations for the 2016 "Class of '31 Oral History Interviewee" are now open! We invite people to nominate a UC Berkeley faculty or staff person who has made a significant contribution to the life of the campus. The person selected will be invited to participate in an oral history interview conducted by our office. Submit nominations here.
We are thrilled to announce the 2015 "Class of 1931" interviewee in university history: Patricia Pelfry. Dr. Pelfry is currently a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Studies in Higher Education at Berkeley. Before joining the Center in 2002, Pelfrey served for more than thirty years as a member of the immediate staff of five University of California presidents: Charles J. Hitch, David S. Saxon, David P. Gardner, J. W. Peltason, and Richard C. Atkinson. On her retirement from the Office of the President she was granted the title Assistant to the President Emerita in recognition of her service to the University. She is co-author (with Margaret Cheney) of A Brief History of the University of California (University of California Press, 2004) and editor of The Pursuit of Knowledge: Speeches and Papers of Richard C. Atkinson (University of California Press, 2007). Her most recent book is Entrepreneurial President: Richard Atkinson and the University of California, 1995-2003 (University of California Press, 2012), a study of the Atkinson presidency and the principal issues facing the University of California during this seminal period. She has also authored or co-authored papers on affirmative action, undergraduate admissions, industry-university relationships, and other higher-education topics. Pelfrey holds a Ph.D. in English literature from UC Berkeley.
Previous "Class of 1931" Interviewees
2014 Edith Kramer [in process]
2013 Professor Laura Nader