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Up Front May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2
   



Chancellor Marye Anne Fox

I would like to extend a special thank you to all of our supportive alumni and friends who generously contributed to the success of The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What’s Next. I am pleased to report we surpassed our seven-year $1 billion goal a month ahead of our scheduled conclusion. UC San Diego is the region’s first university to top this ambitious fundraising milestone, and one of the youngest in the nation to reach this goal.

Nearly 30 percent of the funds raised during the campaign came from UC San Diego alumni. You started it! Your support created the momentum to launch this campaign and see it through to a successful conclusion. With your generous gifts, you have helped lay the groundwork for the future of UCSD as we continue to deliver the local impact, national influence and global reach of the region’s leading research university.

The Campaign for UCSD was launched with a gift for a cancer center and ended with a $34 million gift for cancer research. Campaign gifts were also designated to build a new advanced cardiovascular center at UCSD. These two centers alone have the potential to save thousands of lives through cutting-edge research and patient care.

Funds raised during the campaign are also being used to enrich life. The Conrad Prebys Music Center, which will feature state-of-the-art computer and sound technology, is currently under construction in the heart of our campus and is scheduled to open in two years. The center will attract musicians from around the globe and serve as a bridge to our community.

Campaign gifts also helped create two new professional schools on campus. The Rady School of Management is filling a critical need for management training for experienced professionals in the high-tech and biotech industries. The Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the only public pharmacy school in Southern California, is helping address the critical shortage of pharmacists in the state.

Most important, gifts for student support will help our bright scholars, the future leaders who will tackle global challenges such as climate change and growing health needs.

We are pleased that the market value of the UCSD endowment more than doubled during the campaign, allowing us to fund a wide range of donor-designated needs including student scholarships and endowed chairs that help us attract top-notch faculty members. Our distinguished and accomplished faculty are leaders in their fields, educating our students, and passing on our tradition of innovation and collaboration.

UCSD has met important funding goals for research, academic programs and health sciences. Now we must turn our attention to supporting the University’s ongoing efforts and continual need to recruit and retain faculty, and to finance undergraduate and graduate scholarships. The state of California provides only 12 percent of our total funding so we must increasingly rely on gifts from alumni, parents and University friends. We appreciate your support and your commitment to ensure UCSD remains at the forefront of academic and research excellence.

Marye Anne Fox
Chancellor

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