I am honored to have been appointed today by the UC Board of Regents as the tenth chancellor of UC San Francisco. It is a privilege to have the opportunity and the responsibility to lead one of the premier health sciences universities in the world. I believe deeply in UCSF’s public mission and our collective ability to transform health through research, education and patient care.
Over the past 32 years, I have had the honor of serving UCSF in a variety of ways, starting as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Research Institute. There, I learned the critical role of the basic, curiosity-driven research that is the foundational strength of UCSF.
Early in my career, I also benefited from UCSF’s unusually collaborative and mutually supportive culture, an environment that demands excellence, but is also warm and supportive, with teachers and mentors who are equally as eager to see their students and colleagues succeed as they are to contribute. I am proud that this remains the culture of UCSF today.
I also have had the great fortune, as a clinician, to practice in UCSF’s neonatal intensive care unit. There, I was reminded daily of the nobility of our mission to improve the health and lives of the people we are privileged to serve, and to train the next generation.
These years have been an extraordinary experience and have instilled a deep respect for the core values that drive us at UCSF. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of Toland Medical College, I am acutely aware of the rapid changes underway in all aspects of our work. UCSF has a well-deserved reputation for leading change. Now more than ever, we must nurture this quest for knowledge.
UCSF sits at the intersection of three sectors – higher education, health care, and discovery in the health sciences. The opportunity to advance and even transform all three sectors is huge and demands new, innovative approaches that UCSF has the potential to develop and lead.
This is the opportunity that has driven me during my tenure as dean and excites me as I begin my new role as chancellor. Yes, there are challenges. But I firmly believe that no institution is better positioned to lead than UCSF and no group of people more talented in their fields than the faculty, staff and students we have here on campus.
It is an honor for me to begin service on your behalf, and I again thank you for the confidence and trust you have shown in me. I look forward to working with you to lead UCSF into the future.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS