UCSF Names Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations

Carol L. Moss

Carol L. Moss has been named vice chancellor, University Development and Alumni Relations, at UCSF, Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann announced today. 

Moss, chairman of Institutional Relations and Development at the Cleveland Clinic, officially joins UCSF on October 1. She will report to the chancellor.

Moss will be responsible for fund-raising efforts that are vital to the future of UCSF.  In particular, UCSF is raising $600 million to build a new children’s, women’s specialty and cancer hospital complex adjacent to the Mission Bay biomedical campus. This is the first fundraising campaign ever for the UCSF Medical Center, consistently ranked one of the top 10 hospitals in the country.  UCSF is also launching a $150 million campaign to support a nationally preeminent program in integrated neurosciences research.

“Carol has both the depth and breadth of knowledge and experience that is critical to driving the philanthropic program at UCSF,” Desmond-Hellmann said.  “Carol’s track record speaks to her ability to galvanize an institution’s development efforts to ensure that its mission is broadly understood and widely supported.”

“As we cope with multi-million dollar budget reductions caused by the state’s budget crisis, it is imperative that we strengthen our development program so UCSF continues to excel at the leading edge of scientific discovery, patient care and graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions,” Desmond-Hellmann said.

Philanthropy Surpasses State Appropriations

Development is a critical component of UCSF’s operations, with a majority of financial donations funding key research programs and academic positions. The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranks UCSF as one of the top fundraising organizations in the United States.  For six consecutive years, revenue from private support has surpassed the revenue UCSF receives from state appropriations.  In the fiscal year that ended June 30, UCSF received $300 million in private support and $243 million in state appropriations. During the same fiscal year, state appropriations totaled less than 8 percent of UCSF’s $3.1 billion operating budget.

Moss’ selection as the next development chief for UCSF follows an exhaustive national search. As vice chancellor, Moss will have oversight of 164 full-time equivalent positions and an operating budget of $24 million. Additionally, she will be vice president of the UCSF Foundation, which promotes the interests of UCSF and the UCSF Medical Center principally through fundraising efforts. The Foundation is governed by a 37-member Board of Directors, chaired by former Bank of America Chairman and CEO Richard Rosenberg, and consisting of some of the Bay Area’s top business and civic leaders. Moss’ responsibilities include overseeing the Foundation’s $440 million endowment.

Impressive Track Record

Moss joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2002 as vice chairman of Institutional Development and executive director of the Campaign for the Cleveland Clinic.  She was named chairman in 2007.  During Moss’ tenure, the Cleveland Clinic’s annual private support nearly doubled to $183 million in 2008.  Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Moss was assistant vice president for University Development at Ohio State University where she managed the major gifts program, raising a record-setting $310 million in 2002. She also held development positions at Case Western Reserve University, University of Pittsburgh and Slippery Rock University.

While at the Cleveland Clinic, Moss is credited with many accomplishments, including involving more physicians and volunteers in philanthropic efforts, developing a highly focused donor-centered program, recruiting talented development professionals from across the country, and leading an effort to plan and execute the organization’s first billion dollar campaign.

Position Consolidates Job Duties

The position of vice chancellor, University Development and Alumni Relations, is a new post at UCSF.  Consistent with UCSF’s efforts to create efficiencies, the position combines the responsibilities previously held by the associate vice chancellor, University Development and Alumni Relations, as well as the development responsibilities currently held by the senior vice chancellor, University Advancement and Planning.  The position of associate vice chancellor has been vacant since September 2008.  Senior Vice Chancellor Bruce W. Spaulding is scheduled to retire from UCSF in October, and his position is to be eliminated.  In addition to development, Spaulding oversees Public Affairs, Center for Gender Equity, Community and Government Relations, Campus Planning, LGBT Resource Center, and Real Estate.  These other duties will be reassigned.

Moss’ annual salary of $376,600 will be funded from sources other than state appropriations. By combining the duties of the associate vice chancellor with the development responsibilities of the senior vice chancellor, UCSF will achieve a net payroll savings.  The vice chancellor position is subject to the UC system-wide furlough plan adopted by the UC Regents in July and effective September 1.