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I. Michael Heyman

Title: Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law, Emeritus; Chancellor, UC Berkeley, Emeritus
Office: 453 Boalt Hall
Tel: 510-642-1731
Fax: 510-643-2673
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I. Michael Heyman joined the Boalt faculty in 1959 and since 1966 has held a joint appointment with the Department of City and Regional Planning. has been a visiting professor at Stanford and Yale law schools. Since 1966 he has also been a professor of city and regional planning at Berkeley. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford and Yale law schools. From 2000-2002 he served as is currently the interim director of the campus Center for Studies in Higher Education, which provides a forum for scholars and leaders in higher education to engage in a discussion among themselves, with lawmakers and with the public.

Heyman was vice chancellor of UC Berkeley from 1974 to 1980 and chancellor from 1980 to 1990. His accomplishments as Berkeley's sixth chancellor include spearheading a campuswide increase in the number of undergraduate students of color, from 21 to 57 percent, the replacement of aging research facilities, and a more than threefold expansion in giving by private donors.

His record of service away from the Berkeley campus is equally impressive. From 1993 to 1994 he was counselor to the secretary and deputy assistant secretary for policy of the U.S. Department of the Interior. From 1994 to 1999 he served as secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, where he oversaw 6,000 employees and the functioning of 16 museums and galleries, the National Zoo, and numerous research facilities.

Heyman has published many journal articles, papers, and legal documents in the areas of civil rights, constitutional law, land planning, metropolitan government and housing, environmental law and management, and affirmative action. He is a past or present member of 10 different governing or advisory boards, including the Presidio Trust, Pacific Gas and Electric, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.


  • A.B., Dartmouth College (1951)
  • J.D., Yale University (1956)

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