After 35 years of service to UC Berkeley, Harry Le Grande is retiring his position as vice chancellor of student affairs on Dec. 31.
LeGrande was appointed vice chancellor for student affairs in 2008, after serving in an interim capacity. He has provided leadership for student and faculty support service programs in the areas of student life, admissions and enrollment, financial aid and scholarships, career services, student conduct, residential living, childcare and other student-related matters.
He has overseen many significant enhancements to the student experience, including celebrating the opening of the new ASUC Student Union and launching the first-ever office for confidential care advocates to support survivors of gendered violence or harassment.
He pioneered many innovative programs later adopted by the University of California system and the state. He co-led the creation of the Middle Class Access Plan, an innovative financial-aid scholarship program to help middle-class families afford the cost of an undergraduate education. Inspired by this program, the University of California created the Middle Class Scholarship, a companion program for all nine undergraduate schools.
Additionally, Le Grande opened the door for the first undocumented student financial-aid program in the system. He also supported the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program, which seeks to help economically disadvantaged students in Africa find opportunities for themselves, their families and their communities.
He began working on the Berkeley campus in 1981.
Le Grande was award for meritorious service from the National Forum of Black Public Administrators, and this spring he was awarded the prestigious Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association in recognition of his contributions to student affairs.