By Erin Allday
SAN FRANCISCO — The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday appointed an interim chancellor for UCSF.
Dr. Sam Hawgood, currently dean of the UCSF School of Medicine, will take over from outgoing Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann on April 1. Desmond-Hellmann announced last month that she was leaving the campus to become chief executive of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Hawgood, 61, came to UCSF as a research fellow in 1982. His research and clinical focus is in pediatrics and he was physician in chief of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital before being named dean of the medical school in 2007.
As interim chancellor, Hawgood said his goal will be to “make sure UCSF doesn’t miss a beat” during the transition from Desmond-Hellmann to the next chancellor.
“It’s a very exciting time for us across all of our missions,” Hawgood said Thursday. “We need to maintain excellence and keep focus on our strategies.”
UCSF has a graduate student body of about 3,000, plus 1,600 men and women in postgraduate and medical residency programs. It has no undergraduate students. The university has a budget of $3.9 billion and draws roughly half a billion dollars each year in grants from the National Institutes of Health.