BERKELEY -- The University of California, Berkeley, has formally inaugurated its 10th chancellor in a ceremony marked by pageantry and brief moments of protest.
Nicholas Dirks, a history and anthropology scholar, became chancellor of California's flagship public university on June 1 and was inaugurated Friday afternoon. The chancellor serves as executive head of all activities on the campus.
In a speech Friday, he promised to expand and revise the university's approach to its primary mission areas of teaching, research and public service.
"I invite you now to join me in a collective effort to imagine new futures for this great institution," Dirks told the audience. "The stakes for us are as high as our aspirations."
He also said Berkeley was positioned to "rebuild public faith in the value of education."
Dirks was previously the executive vice president and dean of Columbia University's faculty of arts and sciences. The inauguration ceremony, held on campus, included a number of faculty and staff processions as well as vocal and dance performances.
Prior to making her introductory remarks, UC Berkeley President Janet Napolitano -- formerly the secretary of homeland security -- was briefly heckled by protesters angry over her role in U.S. immigration policies and calling for her removal as president.