The Role of the Chancellor at UC San Diego

Just as UC San Diego has grown and evolved over the years, so has the role of the Chancellor. A successful Chancellor has to be an executive with the political skills to respond to internal and external constituencies; an administrator with the technical expertise to manage billion-dollar budgets and thousands of employees; and an entrepreneur who can create a compelling vision for the future of the campus that inspires faculty, students and staff, as well as private donors whose support the Chancellor must cultivate.

The Chancellor is essentially an academic and thought leader, mayor, CEO and lead fundraiser rolled into one. The Chancellor oversees a campus that is larger than some cities, with nearly 30,000 students, six undergraduate colleges, five academic divisions, and five graduate and professional schools. The campus is also home to the unique Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the UC San Diego Health System, which includes two hospitals and multiple outpatient centers. UC San Diego is the third largest employer in the county, with nearly 26,000 employees.

The Chancellor must also manage a campus that is an economic and innovation engine, injecting $7.2 billion into the state economy each year. Annual revenues are nearly $3 billion, and the campus surpassed $1 billion in sponsored research funding in 2010. UC San Diego faculty and alumni have also created more than 650 start-up companies, including many of the local high-tech and bio-tech firms in the region.

Due to the continuous decrease in state funding, the Chancellor must be a resourceful and creative problem-solver. It is critical that the Chancellor have the ability to forge relationships and partnerships in order to develop reliable funding sources, and align talent and resources, to support the mission of the campus and meet the needs of our community and the citizens of California.