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Jane Scheiber wins prestigious Berkeley Citation

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Jane Scheiber and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau
Jane Scheiber and Chancellor Robert Birgeneau

December 22, 2009

Chancellor Robert Birgeneau has awarded the prestigious Berkeley Citation to Jane Scheiber, the recently retired assistant dean of College Relations and Development in the College of Chemistry. The Chancellor presented the award at a ceremony at the Women’s Faculty Club on Tuesday, December 14.

The Berkeley Citation honors extraordinary service to the University. The Citation is awarded to distinguished people or organizations whose attainments significantly exceed the standards of excellence in their fields and whose contributions to UC Berkeley are manifestly above and beyond the call of duty.

“This is an incredible honor,” says Scheiber, “and I am deeply moved by this recognition. However, whatever I have been able to accomplish has been only with the help of many others, who deserve to share in the credit — including the administration, the faculty, our dedicated staff, and above all, our wonderfully generous donors.”

Scheiber earned her A.B. in American studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and completed coursework for her history M.A. at Cornell and at Columbia University in New York City.

She began working for the University of California at the San Diego campus in 1971 and held several positions there, first as a writer, and later as an editorial director and project director for adult education and media-based programs.

In 1982 Scheiber moved to UC Berkeley where, hired by college dean C. Judson King, she founded the college’s fundraising and alumni relations programs. Scheiber led these efforts for over 26 years and served as a member of the senior management team for seven deans of the college. She also supervised the dean’s office and the undergraduate office for 20 years.

During her tenure, private contributions to the college exceeded $140 million, including funding for Tan Kah Kee Hall, the Pitzer Center, and the renovation of several research labs. Scheiber helped create 19 endowed chairs and distinguished professorships, 39 fellowship funds, 12 scholarship funds and 16 discretionary funds.

In retirement Scheiber continues to contribute to the college on a volunteer basis as a special assistant to college dean Richard Mathies, and she has been appointed a research associate at the UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Law and Society. She is currently doing joint research with her husband, law professor Harry Scheiber, on martial law in the Hawaiian Islands during World War II.

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