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Chancellor Desmond-Hellmann’s shares her vision for UCSF

In her third year as chancellor, Susan Desmond-Hellmann has unveiled an action plan for UCSF that builds on its meritorious mission of advancing health worldwide.

“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, delivered from Cole Hall Auditorium.

“The tagline doesn’t change,” she said. “Advancing health worldwide speaks to everyone across the campus. UCSF advances health worldwide through innovative health sciences education, discovery and patient care. That is meaningful, no matter what you do at UCSF, be it something locally, something aspirational to change the future, teaching to provide health care providers and leaders for the future, or in global health sciences.”

Desmond-Hellmann began by reflecting on recent accomplishments and thanking members of the UCSF community for their work in making the university an institution of great international stature.

But the chancellor made it clear she has set her sights on reaching even greater heights.

“I want us to be ahead of the game,” she said. “And so, to that end, my team and I asked ourselves, ‘Who do we aspire to be in three years, five years, 10 years? What do we want UCSF to be known for? And what are the things that we can do to make sure that UCSF is the place we aspire it to be?’”

Indeed, her work and vision are capturing national attention. Desmond-Hellmann was featured in the Oct. 10 New York Times profile, “An Innovator Shapes an Empire,” accompanied by a video interview.

You can read about her Oct. 4 State of the University address and watch the video on the UCSF website.

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