University of California President Janet Napolitano announced July 9 that her choice for the 10th chancellor of UC San Francisco is Sam Hawgood, MBBS, the UCSF School of Medicine dean who emerged from a national search as the top candidate after leading the campus in an interim role.
Hawgood, 61, a highly accomplished scientist, educator and physician with a strong record of leadership, succeeded Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, as interim chancellor on April 1, 2014. Since then, he has overseen the $4 billion UCSF enterprise, which, in addition to the renowned medical school, includes nationally top-ranked schools of dentistry, nursing and pharmacy, as well as a graduate division and affiliated hospitals.
The UC Board of Regents will vote on Napolitano’s selection and the terms of the appointment on July 17 in a special session at the conclusion of the regents’ regular bi-monthly meeting.
“Sam Hawgood has served UC San Francisco exceedingly well for three decades — as a researcher, physician and leader,” Napolitano said. “As interim chancellor, he has advanced initiatives in both basic and clinical science, as well as precision medicine.
“He has demonstrated,” she said, “that he possesses the mix of vision, curiosity and empathy essential to the dynamic leadership required to move this already stellar UC institution to even greater heights. When a rigorous, far-reaching search lands on a candidate from within, it demonstrates the fundamental strength of the institution.”
University of California President Janet Napolitano on Jan. 24 announced the appointment of an advisory committee of university faculty, staff, students, alumni and foundation representatives to help in the national search for a new chancellor to lead UC San Francisco. Bruce Varner, Board of Regents chair, also appointed five regents to serve.
Outgoing Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann plans to leave UCSF at the end of March to become chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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Desmond-Hellmann became UCSF’s chancellor in 2009 and successfully guided the campus through one of the state's worst fiscal crises, while leading the development of the new women’s, children’s and cancer hospitals at UCSF Mission Bay, set to open in early 2015. During her tenure, UCSF has received more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other public institution in the country.
“Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann pursued an ambitious vision for UCSF, making an already great institution even stronger,” said President Napolitano. “I am confident this search committee will help us find a new chancellor who can keep UCSF on its upward trajectory and continue UCSF’s innovative leadership in education, research and patient care.”
UCSF School of Medicine Dean and Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs Sam Hawgood, MBBS, is serving as interim chancellor while the search is conducted.
The members of the search advisory committee for the UCSF chancellor include:
The committee's first meeting will be held Feb. 20 at UCSF, where committee members and invited guests will gather in closed session. The forum will include remarks by President Napolitano, followed by separate sessions with various campus constituency groups. The president and committee members also will participate in a luncheon with alumni, donors and community leaders.
The advisory committee will be involved in recruiting, screening and conducting interviews with candidates for the position. The committee's work will be scheduled so that candidates can be presented to President Napolitano for consideration and a recommended nominee submitted to the Board of Regents, tentatively by July 2014.
In addition to presentations by those constituency representatives who will meet with the committee, public comments are encouraged throughout the search process. Comments may be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The search will be assisted by the executive search firm Isaacson, Miller.
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