Campus Messages

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

University Development and Alumni Relations Leadership

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to inform you about several upcoming changes within the leadership of the University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) organization.

First, Vice Chancellor John Ford has informed me that he will retire at the end of 2017, as was his plan when he joined UCSF in September of 2012. John brought forty years of development experience to UCSF, including twenty years as vice president at Stanford. With that background, John has made significant contributions to our university, both as the leader of UDAR and as a member of my leadership team. I am grateful for John’s service to UCSF. He has helped my team and many members of the faculty understand how development can be integrated into the fabric of the university and support the overarching goals of the university while helping individual faculty members advance their programs. John has encouraged many of us to think boldly about the future and has helped shape the ideas that have inspired some very big gifts to UCSF.

Second, I am pleased to announce that Associate Vice Chancellor Jennifer Arnett will be John’s successor. Jennifer is well positioned to lead the UDAR organization, having served as second-in-command since November 2012.

Together John and Jennifer have built a strong team at UDAR while growing private gifts and grants dramatically. Cash receipts totaled $595 million this past fiscal year, placing UCSF among the top five universities in gifts received for the second consecutive year. UCSF was the only public university among the top ten institutions in fundraising results.

In partnership with Bill Oberndorf, chair of the UCSF Board of Overseers, they have helped reorganize the board, expanding our committee structure to help provide expertise in areas of importance, and created a new UCSF Investment Company to manage our growing endowment. At the same time, Bill and John have recruited a new generation of talented people to the Board of Overseers. We are fortunate to have individuals who truly care about our future serving in this capacity.

As the incoming vice chancellor for UDAR, Jennifer will report directly to me and will join the Chancellor’s Executive Team. As UCSF’s chief fundraising officer, Jennifer will be responsible for designing and directing a comprehensive and dynamic development program for our world-renowned basic and health sciences campus and for UCSF Health, including the Benioff Children’s Hospitals. Her responsibilities also include serving as vice president of the UCSF Board of Overseers. In her new position, Jennifer will lead a team of 180 people with an operating budget of $40 million. Jennifer joined the UDAR team in 2010 as senior director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, and I have had the opportunity to work closely with her on a number of high-level gifts during her tenure. I am confident she will build on our recent successes and take the Development program to new heights.

It also gives me considerable pleasure to announce that Michael Faber, currently assistant vice chancellor for UDAR, will succeed Jennifer as the second-in-command, assuming the title of associate vice chancellor. Michael came to UCSF in 2010 as well, where he began building our fundraising efforts for basic science. Over the years, his responsibilities have expanded to include leadership of all development officers in our translational research units and adult clinical specialties, as well as the development communications and events functions. Michael also oversees our office of principal gifts and has played a key role in securing some of UCSF’s largest donations.

Jennifer and Michael have earned the confidence of our most generous donors, our committed volunteers, and our faculty. They understand the special qualities and characteristics of UCSF and they, and the team they will lead, are tireless in promoting the work we do.

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer and Michael as they step up to their new roles and thanking John for his service to our faculty, students, patients, and trainees.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor