Campus Messages

An archive of email messages sent to the entire UCSF community by the Chancellor and members of the Chancellor's Cabinet.

Retirement of Senior Vice Chancellor Bruce W. Spaulding

Dear Colleagues:

I want to acknowledge and thank Senior Vice Chancellor Bruce Spaulding, who is retiring from UCSF effective this December after nearly 22 years of exemplary service, for his many significant contributions to UCSF.

Since Bruce’s arrival in February 1988, UCSF has benefitted greatly from his talents and skills. Bruce is widely recognized for having led the six-year effort to identify and secure the Mission Bay campus, working alongside UCSF’s volunteer supporters. Beginning with a list of more than 100 candidate sites, the campus ultimately negotiated with Catellus Corporation for the Mission Bay location. Catellus initially sought approximately $200 million for the unimproved parcel of land, but after three years of negotiations agreed to donate the parcel to UCSF. This gift of $166 million still ranks as the largest gift UCSF has ever received.

Bruce also played a key role in shaping UCSF’s fundraising efforts in partnership with the dedicated members of the UCSF Foundation Board. During his tenure, UCSF’s development efforts grew from a small shop raising less than $30 million a year in gifts to a sophisticated organization that has raised more than $200 million annually since 2000. In two of those years, more than $300 million was raised.

Another area in which Bruce has left his imprint is in building UCSF’s relationships with the San Francisco community. To strengthen community relations, Bruce recommended the creation of a Community Advisory Group (CAG) that brought together individuals from across San Francisco. The CAG remains active and has been integral to enhancing connections between UCSF and the city’s diverse community interests.

Please join me in recognizing Bruce for his many accomplishments at UCSF and for dedicating the last 20 years of his professional career to help ensure that UCSF is well positioned to pursue its mission of advancing health worldwide.


Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H.