Campus Messages

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

November 30, 2017

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

As announced in February, at the end of the month, John Featherstone, MSc, PhD, will be stepping down from his roles as dean of the School of Dentistry and faculty member. I know that you join me in thanking him for his remarkable leadership and in wishing him well in his future plans.

I am pleased to inform you that Mark Kirkland, DDS, Health Sciences Clinical Professor, Department of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences, and associate dean for Clinical Affairs in the School of Dentistry, has agreed to serve as interim dean while the search for John’s successor continues. Mark will begin this post on January 1, 2018.

A UCSF alum, Mark earned his DDS here in 1983 and has been an active faculty member for 31 years. As associate dean for Clinical Affairs, he oversees all operations related to the School’s robust clinical enterprise, which includes general, restorative, pediatric, and implant dentistry as well as periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, craniofacial anomalies, oral & maxillofacial surgery, orofacial pain/TMD, and oral medicine.

As interim dean, Mark also will be a member of the Chancellor’s Cabinet. I am grateful to him for accepting this important role during a time of transition. His exceptional leadership and expertise will sustain the important work of the faculty, staff, students, and trainees of the School of Dentistry.


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor

November 14, 2017

Dear Members of the UCSF Community:

Tax reform is moving quickly through Congress. The bills being debated by both the House of Representatives and the Senate this week may have a significantly adverse impact on UCSF, the University of California (UC), and colleges and universities nationwide.

If you would like to voice your concern about tax reform, please consider calling your elected officials. Democrats and Republicans alike need to hear from their constituents that the proposed legislation will increase the costs of education, research, as well as health care for all Americans.

Specifically, the policies under consideration would make higher education more expensive and less accessible for students, which runs counter to UCSF’s strong commitment to a diverse and inclusive student body. These policies would negatively affect the university’s ability to support our tripartite mission to educate, provide quality patient care, and conduct cutting-edge research.

To provide a better idea of what is at stake this week, the House of Representatives is considering the following actions:

  • Ending tax-free tuition reimbursement;
  • Repealing the student loan interest deduction;
  • Repealing the Lifetime Learning tax credit;
  • Increasing the standard deduction and repealing the estate tax, which will reduce the incentive for charitable giving to institutions like UCSF; and
  • Repealing tax-exempt bond financing options, which UCSF relies on to make capital investments in buildings and facilities on campus.

While the Senate bill does not include provisions to repeal or...

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