Campus Messages

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

An Update on Priorities, People and Business Efficiency

Dear Colleagues:

Following up on my commitment to communicate regularly, I want to briefly update you on a few important but diverse matters.

Revised Priorities

I asked for and was grateful to receive feedback in response to my presentation to the campus community on October 26th. What I learned from the feedback is that education should be a separate and visible priority. My top five priorities now are:

  • Patients/Health
  • Discovery
  • Education
  • People (management and diversity)
  • Business (efficiency and resources)

I look forward to providing periodic progress reports on each of these areas throughout the year.


Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Washington Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) Washington has accepted the position of Dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine and Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences at UCLA effective February 1, 2010, pending the approval of The UC Board of Regents. EVCP Washington’s outstanding leadership skills, drive to advance UCSF to the next level, and ability to engage members of the UCSF community is evidenced by the many significant initiatives that he has championed, including UCSF’s first strategic plan, the 10-point diversity plan, the Clinical Translational Sciences Institute, and quality of life on campus for faculty, staff and students. EVCP Washington’s contributions extend well beyond his administrative role. He has been actively engaged in the training of medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty at UCSF and is a national leader in assessing medical technologies, developing clinical practice guidelines, and establishing disease prevention policies, particularly for women’s health. Please join me in extending heartfelt thanks to Gene for his indelible mark on UCSF and wishing him well in his new role. Although his move to UCLA is a great loss to UCSF, I am pleased to know I will have him as a close colleague to call upon within the UC system.

I will immediately commence a search for the next Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Dean Kathleen Dracup
Kathleen Dracup has announced her intention to relinquish her administrative appointment as dean and return to the faculty in October 2010. Dean Dracup’s accomplishments over the last 10 years have kept the School of Nursing in the forefront of research and academic renown in the U.S. and internationally. Rated overall in the top two to three graduate nursing programs nationally, the School of Nursing has consistently ranked #1 in NIH research funding during the period of her deanship. U.S. News & World Report has recognized the School for its excellent programs in primary care, midwifery, and clinical specialties. Faculty recruitment has succeeded in increasing the diversity of academic appointments and student enrollments, and a culture of continued commitment has been firmly established. On a campuswide level, she is an esteemed and valued colleague. Beyond these accomplishments in her administrative role, Dean Dracup’s ongoing dedication to helping others with career development has been recognized by the American Heart Association, as she was the first nurse to receive the Eugene Braunwald Award for Mentorship. Her success in NIH funding for her work in cardiac events and their impact upon families means that the campus will continue to benefit from her academic accomplishments. On behalf of the entire UCSF community, I thank her for her many contributions and extend best wishes for continued success with her academic pursuits at UCSF.
The School has my commitment for active engagement in a national search to identify a suitable successor. This search will also commence immediately.

Chief Business Officer/Senior Vice Chancellor Financial and Administrative Services
For over a year, the campus has been operating with an interim organizational structure that divided, on a temporary basis, responsibilities for oversight of various aspects of the Financial and Administrative Services (FAS) organization. A search is now well underway for a Chief Business Officer whose responsibilities will include oversight of the entire FAS organization, plus Real Estate Services and Campus Planning, two units that formerly reported elsewhere. The search is being led by Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Washington and is being conducted with the assistance of a search consultant. I anticipate having the search committee’s report before the end of the calendar year.

Business Efficiency
A short-term priority is to reduce expenses through administrative efficiencies and to support ending the furloughs by summer 2010. To that end, I have asked Interim Vice Chancellor Randy Lopez and School of Medicine Vice Dean Michael Hindery to co-chair a work group to realize cost reductions in the range of $28 million to $40 million beginning in fiscal year 2010 -11. This group will expand on the work that was conducted earlier this year and move the most viable ideas to implementation. I will personally oversee the group’s efforts and will seek input on its recommendations from others, including senior administrative and faculty leaders on campus and a small steering committee of external business advisors that will help me think creatively about how we can best manage our resources efficiently. I am in the process of determining the membership of the work group and the business advisory committee, but will make those details available in a future communication.

UCSF is a remarkable place, and I am committed to working with the campus community to ensure that its excellence is maintained and enhanced.

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH