The chancellor of University of California at San Francisco is stepping down from the position in March, UC officials announced today.
UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann is leaving to become chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according to a statement from UC President Janet Napolitano.
Napolitano said Desmond-Hellmann, who began as chancellor in 2009, “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.”
Desmond-Hellmann, an oncologist, will maintain her faculty appointment at UCSF, according to university officials.
Napolitano announced she is appointing UCSF School of Medicine dean Sam Hawgood to serve as interim chancellor, pending approval by the UC Board of Regents.
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News