University of California President Janet Napolitano announced this week that UC San Francisco Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann is resigning from her position to become CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
“I am grateful to Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann for her many accomplishments as the leader of one of California’s most vital institutions. It is thanks in significant part to her leadership that UCSF ranks number one in National Institute of Health funding for public institutions, and that the campus recently celebrated its two most prolific years in philanthropic giving,” said Napolitano.
“The chancellor developed and executed an ambitious and creative vision for the campus, while navigating it through one of the worst fiscal crises in UC’s history,” Napolitano said. “She has been a champion of diversity, transparency, and public service.”
Napolitano said she would convene a search committee in early January to begin the search of the next UCSF chancellor. Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann has agreed to continue n her current position until March and assist with the search.
Pending approval of the UC Board of Regents, Napolitano is appointing UCSF School of Medicine Dean Sam Hawgood to serve as interim chancellor until the next chancellor can be chosen.