UCSF launches news resource on chancellor's goals, progress

By Kristen Bole

UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH

UCSF launched a new website today to highlight the vision and priorities of UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, and to provide regular progress reports on the status of her initiatives.

The site, at ucsf.edu/chancellor, will offer a resource for reporters, the UCSF community and the general public to find details on the chancellor’s initiatives and receive up-to-date information on their status.

The site is organized around Desmond-Hellmann’s top five priorities, which she outlined soon after taking the helm of UCSF in August 2009: Patients and Health, Discovery, Education, People and Business. The site, she said, will provide “coherence for what we’re doing” and a “roadmap” for where we are going.

“My job is to breathe life into those priorities, to make them more than just words, to connect the dots and to show how they relate to one another,” Desmond-Hellmann wrote in her introductory message on the website. “My job is also to inspire people to attain goals attached to those priorities in ways that are innovative and of global importance.”

The new site also will include the chancellor’s messages to the campus community, notices about upcoming appearances, video and text of her speeches, and coverage of her leadership in the media and by UCSF, among other features.

Also available are stories about patient care, research, education, and campus initiatives that could serve as the basis for news stories or features. Updates will be announced on Twitter as they occur, at http://twitter.com/ucsfnews.

“As a community and as individuals, we strive to make a difference by cultivating good health and well-being in the United States and beyond,” Desmond-Hellmann said. “And in making differences both small and profound, we’re changing the world for the better.”

UCSF is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care.                       

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