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 develop a broad and innovative approach to advance the translation of UCSF discoveries into public benefit.

In addition, through Jeff’s leadership, there have been major efforts to support both faculty and students. One example was his novel approach to graduate student funding culminating in the extraordinary gift last year from Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman. Jeff has been a strong spokesperson and advocate for our campus not only across the University of California system, but also within our volunteer and donor communities.

Jeff has agreed to continue to serve as EVCP while I chair an internal search. A job description can be found here. Interested faculty should send a brief cover letter and CV by Friday, November 14, 2014 to Associate Chancellor Terri O’Brien at [email protected].

Please join me in thanking Jeff for his tireless and remarkable leadership and service.

Sincerely,

Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Chancellor
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor