Provost Emeritus C. Judson King III is an equally meritorious administrator and researcher. His career of research and academic leadership for the Universiy of California extends over a period of 55 years. He has served with distinction in a variety of academic and administrative posts both at the UC Berkeley campus and at the University of California system-wide.
King graduated with a Sc.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960. He joined the faculty of UC Berkeley’s Department of Chemical Engineering in 1963. He is currently a faculty associate of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) and professor emeritus of chemical and bio-molecular engineering. He served as the director of CSHE from 2004 to 2014, focusing on systemic and institutional issues in higher education as well as those specific to engineering disciplines. And he acted as Interim Director of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology from 2007 to 2009.
He was Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of the University of California system (1995-2004), and before that system-wide Vice Provost for Research for a year. Among his various administrative responsibilities, he provided strong leadership in adapting admissions policy to address the requirements of Proposition 209 (the end of affirmative action), restructured the UC Press, and guided expanded outreach efforts to support access for California students, including the university’s summer and education abroad programs. He also coordinated the planning for the 10th UC campus at Merced.
At UC Berkeley, King served as Provost for Professional Schools and Colleges (1987-1994). He chaired a planning group that defined the School of Information Management and Systems (now the School of Information) and oversaw the launching of the California Digital Library and its eScholarship project. He was the first chemical engineer to serve as dean of the College of Chemistry (1981-1987), and he served as chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering (1972-1981).
While serving as a fearless leader of our campus and UC system, King also managed an active research program in chemical engineering. He has written over 240 research publications and a widely-used text book, Separation Processes (Chemical Engineering). He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, and has received major awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Council for Chemical Research.