Carol T. Christ

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Carol Tecla Christ
Born 1944 (age 72–73)
New York City
Nationality American
Occupation Professor
Spouse(s) Paul Alpers
Children Elizabeth Sklute
Jonathan Sklute[1]
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Discipline English literature
Sub discipline Victorian literature
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Smith College

Carol Tecla Christ (born 1944 in New York City) is an American academic. In March 2017, she was named the 11th Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, the first woman to hold that position.[2]

Education and background[edit]

In 1966, Christ graduated with high honors from Douglass College, the women's college at Rutgers University. She received a Ph.D. in English from Yale University. Her late husband, Paul Alpers, was a scholar of Renaissance English literature.

Career[edit]

In 1970, Christ joined the faculty at the University of California–Berkeley and was chair of the English department from 1985 to 1988. In 1988, she was appointed dean of humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. She also served as provost and dean of the College of Letters and Sciences. In 1994, Christ was appointed vice chancellor, assistant manager, and provost (and later became executive vice chancellor) at Berkeley. Christ was the highest-ranking female administrator at Berkeley until she returned to full-time teaching in 2000.[3]

Christ became the 10th president of Smith College in 2002.[3] At Smith, Christ led an energetic and wide-ranging strategic planning process to identify the distinctive intellectual traditions of the Smith curriculum and foster initiatives to further develop students’ essential capacities. Throughout her administrative career, Christ has maintained an active program of teaching and research. She has published two books: The Finer Optic: The Aesthetic of Particularity in Victorian Poetry and Victorian and Modern Poetics. She also edited a Norton Critical Edition of George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss and co-edited the Norton Anthology of English Literature and Victorian Literature and The Victorian Visual Imagination. Until recently, she was professor of English at Smith, offering seminars on science and literature and on the arts.

Christ was the president of Smith College from 2002 to 2013. She announced in May 2012 that she had, along with the Board of Trustees, begun the search for her successor. She retired in June 2013.[4]

In May 2016, Christ returned to her role as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (interim) at the University of California, Berkeley, replacing Claude Steele, who stepped down.[5] On March 13, 2017, Christ was named by University of California President Janet Napolitano as the new Chancellor-elect of the University of California, Berkeley. Pending approval by the Regents of the University of California, on July 1, 2017 Christ will become the 11th UC Berkeley Chancellor and the first woman to serve in this role, and will succeed former Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks.[2] On March 16, 2017, the UC Regents confirmed Christ as Dirk's successor.[6]

Christ serves on the board of the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE) and is a trustee of Sarah Lawrence College and Dominican University of California.

Honors[edit]

Christ was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004[7] and a Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2013.[8] Additionally, she was awarded Yale University's Wilbur Cross Medal in 2007,[9] and in 2011, the American College of Greece awarded her an honorary doctorate.[10]

Selected publications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Carol T. Christ Named 10th President of Smith College". Prnewswire.com. July 30, 2001. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  2. ^ a b Nanette Asimov (March 13, 2017). "Carol Christ is named UC Berkeley's new chancellor". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Teresa Watanabe; Rosanna Xia (March 13, 2017). "Former Smith College president will be UC Berkeley's first female chancellor". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Carol Christ, Smith College president, says she will retire next year - The Boston Globe". Boston.com. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  5. ^ "Carol Christ named interim executive vice chancellor and provost". Berkeley News. University of California, Berkeley. April 26, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ Barry Bergman. "UC Regents confirm Carol Christ as Berkeley's 11th chancellor". Berkeley News. 
  7. ^ "List of Active Members by Class" (PDF). Amacd.org. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  8. ^ "Newly Elected - April 2013 | American Philosophical Society". Amphilsoc.org. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  9. ^ "2007 Bios | Association of Yale Alumni". Aya.yale.edu. 2010-08-20. Retrieved 2016-02-19. 
  10. ^ "President Christ receives honorary degree « International Advancement Blog". Sophia.smith.edu. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2016-02-19.