Powers named University of California, Berkeley 2014 Alumnus of the Year


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The University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a University of Texas program that considers race in some college admissions. The case could produce new limits on affirmative action at universities, or roll it back entirely. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Christine Ayala

UT President William Power Jr. was named the University of California, Berkeley’s Alumnus of the Year for 2014.

Powers received his undergraduate chemistry degree at the UC-Berkeley in 1967.

According to UC-Berkeley’s website Powers was honored with the position for his experience as a Navy veteran, editor of the “Harvard Law Review,” legal consultant to the U.S. Congress and the Brazilian Legislature as well as his role as UT president.

“As president, Powers has made great progress in transforming UT into one of the finest public research universities in the nation,” the statement said. “He has strengthened the undergraduate core curriculum, inaugurated the School of Undergraduate Studies, and aggressively recruited a diverse student body and faculty.”

Powers joins various other UC-Berkeley professors holding the Alumnus of the Year title.