Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Robert Kerley: Vice Chancellor of Administration, University of California 1970-1982

Interviewee(s):
Kerley, Robert
Interviewer(s):
LaBerge, Germaine
Title:
Robert Kerley: Vice Chancellor of Administration, University of California 1970-1982
Abstract:
An “old Blue,” Bob Kerley served this campus well in many capacities—from student jobs as lab assistant/cowboy for the Veterinary Sciences Department to assistant Commerce, Industry, and Labor manager for the campus under Chancellors Clark Kerr and Glenn Seaborg (1951-1964) to Vice Chancellor-Administration under Chancellors Bowker and Heyman (1970-1980). One of his innovations was the employment of student interns—one of their responsibilities was to take him to lunch once a week for discussion. These students, now middle-aged, have remained Bob’s friends, and credit their time under his guidance as influential in their own careers. Bob’s final gift to the university was appropriately in the campus development office. As Vice Chancellor-Development and President of the UC Berkeley Foundation (1980-1981), he established procedures for fundraising and raised the standards for fund stewardship. In the process, he opened up the communications between the Chancellor’s Office and the Alumni Association. There was an interlude between UC positions. In the 1960s, Bob and his family moved East, while he served as Vice President at the University of Kentucky, and then at Johns Hopkins University, managing their Commerce, Industry, and Labor affairs. And since his retirement from UC, he has run his own consulting firm, Robert Kerley and Associates.
Subject area(s):
Education and University of California
Interview date(s):
2002
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Rights:
Kerley, Robert. "Robret Kerley: Vice Chancellor of Administration, University of California 1970-1982." Interview by Germaine LaBerge in 2002. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2012.