Dear Colleagues:

I am delighted to report that the search for the position of Associate Vice Chancellor (AVC) – Research Infrastructure and Operations has been completed and that Brian E. Smith, MBA, JD has accepted the position, commencing October 1.

As AVC – Research Infrastructure and Operations, Brian will report to me and will be responsible for day-to-day operations, management, and oversight of several key components of our research enterprise: research management services, government and business contracts, environmental health and safety, and laboratory animal research. He will collaborate with others on the Office of Research team, the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, the medical center, faculty leaders and entities outside of UCSF, to identify potential improvements and best practices. Brian also will represent the Office of Research in campuswide planning and on selected UC systemwide committees and councils.

Brian comes to UCSF from UC San Diego, where he was assistant vice chancellor for Health Sciences Affairs, with responsibilities encompassing health sciences education, research and general administration, and liaison functions to Health Sciences Development, Marketing and Communications, and the UCSD Health System. Prior to his three years at UCSD, Brian served for seven years at the University of Oregon, Eugene, first in the Office of Technology Transfer, and subsequently as assistant vice president and chief of staff in the Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon and his MBA and JD from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Finally, I am most grateful to Marge O’Halloran, who served graciously and ably as Interim AVC and who is now working closely with Brian to ensure a smooth transition. I also acknowledge Janhavi Bonville and thank members of the search committee (Marge, Mike Blum, Maye Chrisman, Jane Czech, Susanne Hildebrand-Zanki, Dan Lowenstein, Suzanne Murphy) who worked diligently to identify and help recruit our new colleague.

Please join me in welcoming Brian to UCSF.


Keith Yamamoto, PhD
Vice Chancellor – Research