Campus Messages

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

October 24, 2014

Dear Colleagues,

After nearly five years of outstanding service to UCSF as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP), Jeff Bluestone has informed me of his intention to step down. He will be focusing on his exciting research program in the Diabetes Center, while continuing to assist me and the University in a number of strategic ways.

As EVCP, Jeff served as our campus chief academic officer, guiding the research and academic enterprise wisely and carefully during a challenging recessionary period as well as advancing campus research, educational and strategic priorities in close collaboration with the Chancellor and the campus leadership team.

In the role of EVCP, Jeff led many significant initiatives of long-term strategic value to UCSF. Early in his tenure, Jeff led a highly successful effort to secure major funds through the American Recovery and Investment Act, enabling the campus to maintain its research momentum. Jeff has actively overseen the development of a strong core infrastructure and operations to support our faculty in their sponsored research activities, directed a strong ethics and compliance program, and created and managed a technology fund while enhancing the technology transfer office to promote robust industry and academic partnerships. His vision for and management of the high impact Mid-Career Faculty Recruitment Fund have helped departments recruit outstanding faculty to UCSF. Jeff has worked collaboratively with others toward helping set our research priorities, including developing a visionary precision medicine platform and establishing campuswide space principles that will serve UCSF well for years to come. Jeff‘s determination has helped us...

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October 14, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce that Jennifer R. Grandis, MD, has accepted the position of Associate Vice Chancellor—Clinical and Translational Research (AVC-CTR). Dr. Grandis will begin service in her new post in January 2015 while also holding a faculty appointment as Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

This is a critical role for UCSF given today’s rapidly changing landscape of research and patient care that requires the university to have a comprehensive and robust translational and clinical research infrastructure that supports the research and clinical needs of the future. Jennifer will lead and shape the strategic direction for broad elements of our clinical and translational research enterprise including the Clinical & Translational Institute (CTSI). In addition, her responsibilities include serving as a liaison to national committees in the field and overseeing all aspects of clinical trials infrastructure and processes in the EVCP organization.Jennifer will be collaborating with multiple entities and other leaders on campus, including the Medical Center, the four Schools and Graduate Division, and key ORUs and centers on campus.

Jennifer comes to UCSF from the University of Pittsburgh, where she is currently a UPMC Endowed Chair in Head and Neck Cancer Surgical Research and Distinguished Professor of Otolaryngology and Pharmacology & Chemical Biology. She leads the Head and Neck Cancer Program and is Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Otolaryngology. Additionally, she is Health Sciences Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Program Integration. Her research areas include precision medicine approaches, signal transduction,...

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