Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that, following a rigorous national search, Paul Jenny has accepted the position of UCSF Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, a role critical to supporting the infrastructure that helps advance UCSF’s mission of patient care, education, research, and community service.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

As the news of the horrific tragedy in Orlando continues to filter in over the hours and days ahead, I know that our care and compassion are with the victims, their family and friends, members of the LGBT community, and the many other people in Orlando and across our nation whose lives have been forever changed by this unspeakable act of violence.

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to share the news that the UCSF schools of medicine, nursing, and pharmacy received top rankings nationally in this year’s U.S. News & World Report survey of best graduate schools, with all ranked in the top three schools in the nation—positions they have held for many years.

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to share important changes to UC Policy regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment and to offer a reminder about the resources available to faculty, staff, students, and trainees. There are many policy changes underway, but a few recent updates deserve specific mention.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Last week I had the pleasure of attending a holiday concert at SF Jazz. The group sang powerfully of the need for peace on earth. For me their joyful, rocking performance was a stark counterpoint to the brutal inhumanity taking place throughout the year in wars that have resulted in mass migrations in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the continuing social injustice, violence, and growing bigotry and intolerance here at home.

Dear Colleagues,

Making UCSF a great place to work is the purpose of UCSF’s Staff Engagement Survey. Conducted by Gallup in May of this year, the survey is a means to gather your feedback toward advancing this goal.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

I am writing to share the outcome of the 2015 Staff Engagement Survey. UCSF’s overall score rose modestly from 3.81 to 3.86 points on a five-point scale, and over the four annual surveys completed since 2011, we have had an increase of .26. While this constitutes a meaningful increase and could indicate a higher sense of engagement, I encourage all of us to use this information as the impetus for further significant progress.

Dear Colleagues:

I wanted to share some exciting news with you regarding Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. After 25 years at UCSF, Liz will be leaving to become president of the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, effective January 1, 2016.

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are saddened by the stabbing incident that occurred on the UC Merced campus yesterday morning. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families, as well as the entire UC Merced community. Fortunately, all four victims are expected to recover.

These tragic events serve to remind us about the important role we all have in protecting the safety and security of our community.

We can fulfill this role in two ways:

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