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

July 19, 2012
Community

Dear Colleagues:

On Wednesday, July 18, I will present my recommendations on the “Future of UCSF” project to the UC Regents.

I invite you to listen to my presentation, which is scheduled for 12:00-12:30 p.m. on July 18. It can be heard live (audio only) via this link: http://california.granicus.com/ViewPublisher.php?view_id=2. Please note that the schedule may change based on other Regents’ agenda items. A summary and video clip will be posted on Thursday, July 19, at http://www.ucsf.edu/

This presentation will be the conclusion of an in-depth analysis of UCSF’s current business model, the challenges and opportunities facing the University over the next five to 10 years, and various strategies that my leadership team has considered with the goal of ensuring that UCSF remains a world-class health sciences university and a prominent center of innovation in the Bay Area and beyond.

Best,

Sue

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

July 19, 2012
Community
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

On Wednesday, July 18, I presented to the UC Regents a plan to appoint a group of dedicated directors with operational and strategic expertise to guide UCSF so we can deliver on our public mission. I am pleased to report that The Regents supported the plan as an important step to ensure UCSF's strong financial future. You can read more about the plan and watch a short video on ucsf.edu

http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/07/12358/chancellor-appoint-board-directors-ensure-ucsfs-ability-deliver-its-public'

Thank you for all you do for UCSF.

Sincerely,

Sue

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

June 11, 2012
Leadership

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, has been named Interim Dean of the School of Pharmacy, effective July 1. His appointment has been approved by The UC Regents, and a search is under way for a permanent dean to replace Mary Anne Koda-Kimble, PharmD, who will retire from UCSF at the end of June.

In its decades as the pre-eminent school of pharmacy, the school has never been stronger. It continues to lead the nation in NIH support for pharmacy-related research and to serve as a bellwether for the field. The school not only is successfully recruiting the top faculty and most promising students and conducting world-class research, but also is advancing into new territories such as bioengineering, devices and diagnostics.

Joe has ably served the school and University for 33 years and has been closely involved with the continuing development of the school's top-ranked doctor of pharmacy curriculum, while leading his department in attracting record research funding. Joe is chairman of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy, a position he has held since 2006, and serves as the assistant director of Pharmaceutical Services for the UCSF Medical Center, enabling it to build upon the most advanced clinical research in pharmaceutical care to constantly improve medication use and safety. In addition, Joe holds the Thomas A. Oliver Endowed Chair in Clinical Pharmacy and served the campus as chair of the Committee on Academic Personnel for the Academic Senate from 2003-2005.

Joe earned a doctor of pharmacy degree from the University of Southern California and joined the UCSF School of Pharmacy in 1979 after a UCSF residency in pharmacy practice. He is a...

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March 19, 2012
Community
UC System

*Sent on behalf of the Office of the President*

Comments can be sent to: [email protected]

Open letter to UC community from President Yudof

I write today to address, once again, the moral and ethical imperative for all of our University of California students, faculty and staff members to foster a climate of tolerance, civility and open-mindedness. I am prompted to do so because of a number of recent incidents that undermine this imperative.

University campuses are proper venues for collisions of ideas and viewpoints. Conflicting viewpoints not only are inevitable but also healthy in this context.

What is not acceptable are acts meant to disrupt the speech of others. What is not acceptable are hate-driven physical and, yes, verbal attacks on any group or individual that are meant to silence or intimidate those who would express differing opinions.

It was wrong for hecklers to disrupt speakers on the UC Davis campus at an event entitled “Israeli Soldiers Speak Out.” It was reprehensible that one of these hecklers accused the speakers of being associated with rapists and murders. Under the direction of Chancellor Katehi, campus officials dealt appropriately with this individual, moving him out of the room and barring re-entry. But I want to make this clear: I condemn the actions of those who would disrupt this event. Attempting to shout down speakers is not protected speech. It is an action meant to deny others their right to free speech.

It was wrong for a vandal or vandals on the UC Riverside campus to deface the Israeli flag displayed by the Jewish...

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March 19, 2012
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to request nominations for the Chancellor’s Award for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and/or Transgender (GLBT) Leadership. This award recognizes contributions to the advancement of the GLBT people and communities at UCSF. The nomination form, award criteria, and a list of prior recipients are available online.

Three individuals—one faculty, one staff, and one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—will be selected to receive this award at a special ceremony on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. I encourage you to nominate individuals who meet one or more of the following selection criteria—whether or not they are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender:

  • Status—elevating the equality and status of GLBT people on campus
  • Visibility—increasing the visibility of GLBT experiences and issues on campus
  • Mentoring—helping to create and participating in career and academic mentoring for GLBT people on campus
  • Education and Research—contributing to the generation and dissemination of knowledge on GLBT health and well-being through education, research, and public presentations
  • Advancement—promoting and advancing the admission, recruitment, and upward mobility of GLBT people on campus

Questions may be directed to Committees Coordinator Suya Colorado-Caldwell, Offices of the Chancellor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost at 476-4421 or via email at [email protected]. Forms and supporting materials must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2012.

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January 22, 2012
Community

Colleagues:

Yesterday I gave a presentation regarding our campus and our plan for the future to the UC Regents. Video highlights are available at: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2012/01/11323/chancellor-proposes-new-approach-secure-ucsfs-financial-future. This presentation has attracted attention, and I wanted to be sure that you heard, from me, what was presented and also what our next steps will be.

In our Three-Year Plan, we have outlined an ambitious vision—to be the world’s preeminent health sciences innovator—along with four equally ambitious goals around patients, research, education/students and our faculty and staff. Our fifth goal—to create a financially sustainable business model—will enable us to deliver on our plan and vision.

At UCSF, we are working hard on our Operational Excellence efforts to reduce costs and improve efficiency, and I have charged several committees with evaluating potential revenue growth opportunities. Beyond this, we also need to consider solutions related to UCSF’s relationship with the larger UC system.

At the Regents meeting, I proposed that we form a working group to examine new approaches for UCSF specifically related to our governance structure and financial relationship with the UC system. I am pleased that The Regents were supportive of our proposal and expect that the working group will be formed and begin meeting within a month. My leadership team and I will keep you informed on the progress. We expect to report back to The Regents with findings and recommendations in July 2012.

Finally, I want to be...

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December 7, 2011
Community

Dear Colleagues:

As we approach the holidays, I have been reflecting upon this past year and all that we have accomplished together at UCSF. There are far too many achievements to list but I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few:

Under our clinical care mission, in March we launched our automated pharmacy in the UCSF Medical Center, using robotic technology to prepare and track medications to improve patient safety. We also achieved a major milestone with the launch of APEX, our new electronic medical records system that will significantly enhance our efficiency and ability to serve our patients. And, we celebrated an important milestone in the construction of our new hospital at Mission Bay: the “topping off” of the building this fall.

December 6, 2011
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to invite nominations for the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Public Service. This award recognizes and celebrates members of the campus community who have demonstrated outstanding public service beyond the scope of their normal job duties, research or training.

December 5, 2011
Administrative
Honors and Awards

Dear Colleagues:

I write to request nominations for the 2011 Chancellor’s Disability Service Award. Each year three individuals—one academic, one staff, and one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—may be selected to receive this award in recognition of extraordinary leadership and inspiration in furthering the goal of achieving awareness and equity for the disabled community within the UCSF community.

September 6, 2011
Honors and Awards
Partnerships

Dear Colleagues:

I invite applications for the 2011 Excellence in Partnership Award. This award recognizes exemplary partnerships between San Francisco communities and UCSF that build on each other’s strength to improve higher education, civic engagement, and the overall health of communities.

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