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Dr. Nicquet Blake to Become UCSF Vice Provost – Student Academic Affairs and Dean – Graduate Division

Dear Colleagues:

I am very pleased to announce that Dr. Nicquet Blake will become the next leader of Student Academic Affairs (SAA) and the Graduate Division effective December 1, 2021. As Vice Provost of Student Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate Division, Dr. Blake will be a direct report to me in my capacity as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and she will be a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet.

Dr. Blake comes to UCSF after a fourteen-year career in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) at University of Texas Health San Antonio, most recently as senior associate dean for admissions and student affairs. In that role, she was responsible for the recruitment, admission, and retention of students, and directed three NIH training grants. Dr. Blake has a resounding record of success in transforming the student body at GSBS to reflect the diversity of the surrounding communities and virtually eliminating first-year attrition of underrepresented students. With diversity as an integral factor to both her professional and personal goals, she is an expert community-builder and champion for students becoming their best self-advocates.

As graduate dean at UCSF, Dr. Blake will have broad administrative oversight of the master's and doctoral programs offered by the Graduate Division as well as postdoctoral training at UCSF. She will work closely with her accomplished staff, graduate program directors, fellow deans, partners across the University, the chancellor, and me to craft and realize a comprehensive plan that will ensure equitable access, inclusivity, and continued excellence in graduate education and postdoctoral training.

Among her many charges as dean, Dr. Blake will work closely with her team to further advance evidence-based practices and policies to recruit and provide continuing support for a diverse body of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She will champion not only learners' academic success, but also their health and emotional well-being, something we care deeply about here at UCSF. She'll work with University Development and Alumni Relations to build on the philanthropic support for the graduate programs and strengthen engagement with program alumni.

In the role of vice provost, Dr. Blake will provide leadership, direction, and strategic planning for all eighteen functional units under the SAA umbrella, including many key student and learner-facing services. Her influence will be felt across the units that provide learning support; career services; physical and mental health services; financial aid; and support for students with disabilities, students who are veterans or in the military, first-gen students, and international students. In other words, she will be at the helm of many initiatives that directly impact the experience of literally every student who walks through our doors, from the time they enroll to the time they graduate.

Dr. Blake completed both her BS and MS degrees in biology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and her PhD in neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis. Ever the vanguard, she pursued a postdoctoral position in biochemistry rather than neuroscience. In 2007, she made a critical professional and personal decision to direct her expertise and enthusiasm to recruiting and guiding students as well as facilitating student learning and success. While she has focused much of her energy in engaging and encouraging students from underrepresented backgrounds to pursue doctoral degrees in biomedical sciences, at UCSF her reach will expand to working with the Graduate Division's social science programs, which provide important context for our science and professional degree programs.

Dr. Nicquet Blake’s skills, accomplishments, scholarship, experiences, and commitment make her an excellent match for UCSF. I am excited and delighted to have her as a member of UCSF leadership. Please join me in welcoming Dr. Blake to the UCSF community.


Daniel H. Lowenstein, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Dr. Robert B. and Mrs. Ellinor Aird Professor of Neurology