Birgeneau, an internationally distinguished physicist, served as the ninth chancellor of UC Berkeley from 2004–13. Well known for his commitment to diversity and equity, he successfully advanced a vision of “Access and Excellence.” Prior to Berkeley, he was president of the University of Toronto for four years and on the faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 25 years. He is a fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of London, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and other scholarly societies. He has received many awards for his leadership, teaching, and research. Birgeneau remains at Berkeley as a faculty member in the Departments of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering. He also leads the Lincoln Project, an American Academy of Arts and Sciences initiative aimed at advocating for public colleges and universities and devising strategies to reverse governmental disinvestment in public higher education.