State of the University Addresses

Since 2011, the Chancellor has delivered an annual State of the University address, bringing the UCSF community together to celebrate milestones of the past year and discuss challenges and priorities for the year ahead. Below is an archive of coverage from all State of the University events.

Title slide to 2021 SOTU address

2021: Catalyst - UCSF’s Unflagging Mission

In his eighth annual State of the University address, titled “Catalyst,” Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, highlighted the UCSF community’s many accomplishments despite the ongoing challenges of the past year. 

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Title slide from 2020 address

2020: Resolve and Resilience

In his seventh annual State of the University address, Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, highlighted the extraordinary response of UCSF’s frontline care workers, researchers, educators, learners, and staff to the COVID-19 pandemic and the University’s renewed commitment to combatting systemic racism.

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Title slide from 2019 SOTU

2019: Here and Now - Four Goals for UCSF’s Future

In a speech titled “Here and Now,” Hawgood, MBBS, recapped his five years of leading the University and reflected on its unique opportunities in the Bay Area during an unprecedented time of accelerated discovery in science and technology.

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Title slide from 2018 SOTU presentation

2018: Commitment to the Community

In his fifth annual address, Hawgood focused on the deep connections the University has to the Bay Area and its people. He also began by calling attention to UCSF’s role in the national community, mourning recent violent attacks in Pennsylvania and Kentucky against religious and racial minorities.

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Title slide of 2017 SOTU presentation

2017: Pursuing Grand Challenges - $5 Billion Campaign to Build for UCSF’s Future

In his fourth annual State of the University address, Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, announced the launch of UC San Francisco’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign in more than a decade, which leverages “the transformational power of our community.”

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Title slide of 2016 SOTU presentation

2016: Invested in Our Community

In his third State of the University address, titled “Invested in Our Community,” Hawgood highlighted the findings of a new UCSF economic and fiscal impact analysis and shared updates of how the University is making advances in the four priority areas he introduced in his 2015 address.

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Title slide of the 2015 SOTU presentation

2015: Redefining Possible in Health and Science - Four Priorities for UCSF

In his second State of the University address, Hawgood recapped the year’s highlights and outlined four priorities that harness the values of innovation and collaboration: precision medicine, continuous learning, transformative partnerships, and equity and inclusion.

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Sam Hawgood speaking at his first SOTU address

2014: Chancellor Hawgood Delivers Inaugural State of the University Address

UCSF is poised at “a key inflection point” in its history and must be prepared to swing in new directions, Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, said in his inaugural State of the University speech.

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Title slide of 2013 SOTU presentation

2013: Revolutions in Health

Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, the ninth person and first woman ever to lead UCSF, opened her fourth annual State of the University address with the announcement of one of its biggest new investments: a $60 million fellowship program that will support PhD students.

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Title slide of 2012 SOTU presentation

2012: Update on Strategic Plan

In her third annual State of the University address since becoming the ninth UCSF chancellor in 2009, Desmond-Hellmann praised the past year’s progress toward achieving UCSF’s 2014-2015 Strategic Plan, and outlined areas of focus for the next year.

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Title slide of 2011 SOTU presentation

2011: Three-Year Plan for UCSF

“My vision for UCSF is that we are the world’s preeminent health sciences innovator,” Desmond-Hellmann said during her State of the University address on Oct. 4, which was live-streamed, reaching more than 1,000 viewers.

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