Capitol Alert

Sam Hawgood confirmed as UCSF chancellor

The University of California Board of Regents on Thursday confirmed Sam Hawgood, dean of the School of Medicine at the university's San Francisco campus, as the tenth chancellor of UCSF.

Hawgood, who joined UCSF in 1982 as a research fellow, promised to focus on modernizing the campus’ educational mission for a digital era and addressing the increasing financial challenges of higher education, including rising debt burdens for students and flat federal research funding.

“We must explore new and sometimes challenging business and governance models,” Hawgood said. “Taking this job is my premise that no institution is better prepared to lead at this time of great change.”

Hawgood will receive an annual salary of $750,000 plus benefits, including a $500,000 base salary paid by state or other funds and a $250,000 endowed chair. That is an increase from the $450,000 base salary of incumbent chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, who stepped down in March to run the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Before the vote, UC President Janet Napolitano praised Hawgood for helping lead the medical school to the top five of national rankings in both research and primary care education. He is “justifiably treasured by members of the UCSF community,” Napolitano said.

The UC regents also approved three-percent raises for 21 members of the university’s “senior management group,” including the chancellors for all ten campuses. This salary increase, which will raise their average base pay to approximately $510,000, is the first for senior management since 2007.