Top 10 Things Michael Bishop Did as UCSF Chancellor


It is impossible for me in a couple minutes to articulate just what a great legacy Mike had in his 11 years as UCSF chancellor. So I’m going to give you a top 10 list in the style of David Letterman. Think of this as his legacy:

10. The initiation of a vigorous campus-wide program in global health that laid the groundwork for a UC Institute of Global Health.

9. The initiation of a major campus-wide initiative on diversity, with annual town hall reports from leadership.

8. The launch of QB3, the Institute for Quantitative Biosciences, creating an unprecedented multi-campus inter-disciplinary collaboration.

7. A major augmentation of public art occurred at the major campus sites. It accounted for 1 percent of all the new construction costs.

6. The campus reached an all-time high in NIH funding.

5. A major initiative in diversity, specifically on behalf of female faculty.

4. A record-setting fundraising campaign. It was $1.7 billion, triple the number from the previous campaign.

3. The first new research building was constructed at Parnassus Heights in more than 40 years. It was the stem cell building.

2. The UCSF Medical Center was established under new leadership after the merger with Stanford. No small task.

1. The development of this amazing Mission Bay campus out of old railyards in San Francisco.

[[Editor’s Note: Susan Desmond-Hellmann made these comments earlier this month at a campus symposium honoring former chancellor J. Michael Bishop.]]

Susan Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., is chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco. Follow @

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