John Wilton Biography


John Wilton is UC Berkeley’s vice chancellor for administration and finance. In this position, Wilton is responsible for managing: the university’s annual operating budget of more than $2 billion; the continuing design and implementation of Operational Excellence; the stabilization of the campus budget; and the establishment of a sustainable financial model for Berkeley’s future. The divisions he oversees comprise more than 3,000 employees and campus operations that include: financial and human resources; auxiliary and business services; real estate; information technology; intercollegiate athletics; sustainability and energy; health; and public safety.

Prior to joining Berkeley in February 2011, Wilton served as the managing director and the director of international research for Farallon Capital Management LLC, a global, multi-strategy, U.S.-based investment management firm. He was also an advisor on developments in the global economy to Hellman and Friedman LLC, a private investment company. Prior to his employment at Farallon, he worked for the World Bank for 24 years. At the bank, he served in positions including, chief financial officer, vice president for strategy, finance and risk management, and senior economist.

Vice Chancellor Wilton received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Sussex University. He left his Ph.D. program at Cambridge University in 1982 to join the World Bank’s Young Professionals Program, and remained with the international financial institution until 2006.