November 4, 2005
I am proud to announce that Jack W. Peltason will be awarded the Clark Kerr Medal for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education by the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate in a ceremony on the Berkeley campus on November 8.
According to Senate Faculty Awards Committee Chair Bob B. Buchanan, professor in the plant and microbial biology department, “President Peltason’s contributions to higher education, his commitment to the principles of shared governance, his outstanding scholarship, together with his being an exemplary representative of the legacy of Clark Kerr,” were among the reasons for his selection by the faculty committee. The Clark Kerr Award was created in 1968, by the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate as a tribute to the leadership and legacy of President Emeritus Kerr.
Professor Peltason served as the first vice chancellor of academic affairs when UC Irvine opened in 1965. In 1967, he became chancellor of the University of Illinois, where he first launched his academic career in 1951 as an assistant professor of political science. In 1984, he returned to Irvine as chancellor where he stayed for eight years before being tapped as 16th president of the University of California (1992-95). His name is well known to several generations of college students, as principal author of a leading textbook on American government that remained in print through 21 editions over a 40-year period.
Please join me in congratulating Jack Peltason for this outstanding recognition.
Michael Drake, M.D.