The Chancellor's leadership team consists of key decision-makers that direct the day-to-day operations and set the future direction for the University.  Visit the Chancellor's website to read more about the leadership team.



Sam Hawgood, MBBS, was appointed chancellor in July 2014, and previously served as dean of the UCSF School of Medicine since 2009. In his role as chancellor, he oversees all aspects of the university and medical center’s strategy and operations.

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Jeffrey Bluestone, PhD, was appointed executive vice chancellor and provost in March 2010. He guides the research and academic enterprise, advances the campus priorities in close collaboration with the chancellor and the campus leadership team, and oversees the campus ethics and compliance enterprise.

David Vlahov, PhD, RN

Dean, UCSF School of Nursing

David Vlahov, PhD, RN, is an experienced epidemiologist who specializes in working with community partners to improve urban health. He joined the UCSF leadership team in April 2011 as the first male dean of the School of Nursing.

Dean, UCSF School of Dentistry

John Featherstone, MSc, PhD, is professor of preventive and restorative dental sciences and has been dean of the UCSF School of Dentistry since 2008.

Executive Director, UCSF Global Health Sciences

Jaime Sepulveda, MD, MPH, DrSc, was executive director of Global Health Sciences in 2011. Previously, Sepulveda was director of special initiatives and a senior fellow for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was key to shaping its overall global health strategy.

Dean, UCSF School of Pharmacy

B. Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, was named dean of the UCSF School of Pharmacy in 2013, after serving as the school’s interim dean since July 2012. He previously led the school’s Department of Clinical Pharmacy as the Thomas A. Oliver Chair in Clinical Pharmacy.

Vice Chancellor, Student Academic Affairs

Elizabeth Watkins, PhD, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine, became dean of the UCSF Graduate Division in April 2012 and named vice chancellor of Student Academic Affairs in August 2013. 


Chief Executive Officer, UCSF Medical Center

Mark R. Laret has been chief executive officer of UCSF Medical Center, including UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, since April 2000.

Senior Vice Chancellor, Finance and Administration

John Plotts came to UCSF in January 2010 after having spent 14 years at University of California’s Office of the President, where he was assistant vice president for Financial Management.
Vice Chancellor, Strategic Communications and University Relations

Barbara J. French, named vice chancellor in 2010, is charged with developing and implementing communications programs to champion the University’s mission.

Vice Chancellor, Diversity and Outreach

Renee Navarro, PharmD, MD, was named UCSF’s first vice chancellor of Diversity and Outreach in December 2010. She is charged with creating and maintaining a diverse university environment where everyone has an opportunity to excel.

Chief Campus Counsel

Greta Schnetzler, JD, was named UCSF’s chief campus counsel in April 2013. She served UCSF as the deputy campus counsel since 2005. 

Vice Chancellor, University Development and Alumni Relations 

John Ford was named vice chancellor of University Development and Alumni Relations (UDAR) in August 2012. He brought more than 40 years of experience to the position, including 30 years at Stanford University.


Associate Chancellor

Leigh Morgan was appointed associate chancellor, reporting directly to the chancellor, in March 2013. She is a member of the Chancellor’s Executive Cabinet and leads large, enterprise-wide change initiatives at UCSF.