Campus Messages

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

July 22, 2022
UCSF Health

Dear Members of the UCSF Community,

We are writing to share a brief summary of results from the 2022 UCSF Staff Engagement Survey conducted this past spring and convey our gratitude to all of the staff employees who participated. The staff engagement survey matters because it helps us understand workplace experiences and gauge progress toward our shared goal of making UCSF a great place to work. We also invite you to join UCSF leadership for the 2022 Staff Engagement Results Town Hall on July 28.

We achieved 69 percent participation, compared to 67 percent participation in 2021, across the UCSF campus, including UCSF Fresno, UCSF Health West Bay, and Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Our engagement grand mean score, on a five-point scale, decreased slightly by .02 to 3.92 in 2022, while our belonging index score increased slightly by .02 to 3.82.

With over two years of living and working through the COVID-19 pandemic, we will learn from the important data provided by the staff engagement survey about our progress on engagement as well as the challenges faced by our staff teammates. The gap in engagement between different populations remains significant and an important area of focus across UCSF.

Staff remain steadfast in their strong connection to the UCSF mission and their dedication to quality work. Additionally, as in years past, teams at UCSF that used survey results to address areas of opportunity showed strong improvement in engagement and higher overall satisfaction.

Highly engaged staff correlate to positive improvements in all areas of an organization. We are making headway and know...

Read more »
July 20, 2022

Dear UCSF Community,

I write to announce that Dan Lowenstein, who has served as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (EVCP) since 2015, will step down from that post at the end of the year. I also am pleased to share that he will continue to teach and conduct research at UCSF.

During his tenure as EVCP, Dan has been a reliably enthusiastic and empathetic voice in town halls and through his Expresso newsletter, guiding and comforting our campus community through turbulent times. I am deeply grateful to Dan for his partnership, dedication to our mission, and commitment to social justice issues as well as to the health, wellbeing, and diversity of our campus community.

Dan’s legacy of leadership includes spearheading plans for the transformation of our Parnassus Heights campus, where he first set foot as a resident physician in 1983. Throughout his tenure, Dan has exemplified our PRIDE Values, and I am honored to have served alongside him. You can read more about Dan in this story.

We are beginning the search for our next EVCP immediately. I will chair the search committee, looking to draw a diverse candidate pool from within our own talented faculty or those who have had significant prior experience at UCSF. The position has been posted for internal and...

Read more »
July 7, 2022

Dear UCSF Community,

I am delighted to announce that Erin Hickey has been named Vice Chancellor for University Development and Alumni Relations.

During her 20-year fundraising career, Erin has secured millions of dollars in commitments from some of the nation’s top donors in philanthropy and was part of the team that raised $6.2 billion during UCSF: The Campaign – the largest capital campaign in UCSF’s history.

With a passion and commitment for UCSF’s public mission, Erin is well positioned to lead fundraising efforts to support our highest priorities – the transformation of our Parnassus Heights campus and the rebuild of the Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland.

Please join me in congratulating Erin on this well-deserved appointment. You can read more about her story on


Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor