I’m pleased to be writing to you today in my new role as Interim Chancellor of UCSF.
UCSF is at an exciting point in its evolution, and I look forward to working with many of you in the coming months to continue to advance excellence across our mission areas of research, education, patient care, and community service.
I know I speak on behalf of the entire UCSF community in thanking Sue Desmond-Hellmann for her leadership over the last four-and-a-half years and in wishing her the very best in her role as chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
UCSF made great progress under Sue’s leadership. Her legacy includes the strong leadership team she built, the financial strength she fostered and the scale of the projects this campus has undertaken in such a short time. The Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet is fully committed to partnering with me to ensure the current transition is a seamless one.
The coming months promise to be rewarding. Later this month, UCSF is planning to launch a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of Toland Medical College, a celebration that in February 2015 will include the opening of three new hospitals at UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus. We also will continue advancing key initiatives, including UCSF 2.0, which is focused on charting a future vision for the entire institution, and the UCSF Health System, a clinical enterprise strategy to ensure we are well positioned as the healthcare landscape continues to evolve.
The breadth of what we do at UCSF is unsurpassed, from fundamental, curiosity-driven science to the application of those discoveries to patient care and populations, to training the next generation of scientists and health care professionals to carry those innovations forward. Our greatest opportunity lies in our tremendously rich talent in our faculty, staff, students, and trainees to collectively transform health.
The potential to do so is great. Each of our schools currently leads the nation in NIH research funding in its field—a remarkable feat. Our education is world-renowned; our clinical care is regarded among the best in the nation. We remain deeply committed to San Francisco, as its second largest employer and as an integral member of neighborhood communities.
As UC President Janet Napolitano and her search committee conduct a national search for the 10th Chancellor of UCSF, I am honored to serve as your Interim Chancellor.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS