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UC Berkeley's new chancellor is hailed as 'a brilliant choice'

UC Berkeley's new chancellor is hailed as 'a brilliant choice'

Carol T. Christ, UC Berkeley’s top academic officer who is headed to become the campus’ next chancellor, was hailed Monday as the right choice to lead the nation’s top public research university through a critical turning point.

The renowned campus has been buffeted by major financial problems, sexual misconduct scandals and widespread discontent over campus leadership. But Christ — a former Smith College president and Berkeley’s current interim executive vice chancellor and provost — will help the university regain momentum, UC officials, faculty and students said.

“It’s a brilliant choice,” said UC Regent John A. Pérez, the former Assembly speaker and a search...

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