The Chancellor’s Medal

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Marion and Kwan So receive the Chancellor’s Medal.

The Chancellor’s Medal is one of the highest honors given by UC San Diego for exceptional service in support of the university’s mission.

The Chancellor’s Medal recognizes visionaries whose long-standing contributions have supported promising students and furthered meaningful research, community leaders who have helped the campus and local communities grow and prosper, and extraordinary individuals who have inspired our community and enhanced the quality of life of San Diegans through their involvement with UC San Diego.

Conceived in 2000, the Chancellor’s Medal is presented in conjunction with celebrations marking Founders Day, November 18.

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Past Chancellor’s Medal Recipients

2018

 
Franklin Antonio

Franklin Antonio ’74

UC San Diego alumnus Franklin Antonio is a co-founder of Qualcomm, where he currently serves as chief scientist. He graduated from UC San Diego in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in applied physics and information science. Since graduation, he has led the growth of Qualcomm’s engineering departments, served as project engineer for the company’s satellite communication system, and made transformational technological advances that have touched our lives. He holds 378 granted and pending patents worldwide and has remained a dedicated supporter of his alma mater. Antonio has supported engineering research and education at the Jacobs School of Engineering and the development of the pulsed All-sky Near-infrared Optical SETI (PANOSETI) observatory that is being built by UC San Diego’s Department of Physics. He is a member of the dean’s Council of Advisors and an inaugural member of the Center for Wireless Communications at the Jacobs School of Engineering.

 
Lynn Schenk

Lynn Schenk

The Honorable Lynn Schenk has broken glass ceilings throughout her career, helping to make our region—and UC San Diego—what it is today. From her time as the first woman to represent San Diego in the U.S. House of Representatives to serving as chief of staff to California Governor Gray Davis, she was instrumental in advancing science and innovation across the state. Her efforts helped establish the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and the UC systemwide Gray Davis Institutes for Science and Innovation, known at UC San Diego as the Qualcomm Institute. In honor of her late husband, she also established the C. Hugh Friedman and Lynn Schenk “Dare to Fail” legacy Endowment Fund, which provides young scientists with funding to pursue challenging and uncharted research across the biological sciences.

 
Marilyn H. and James H. Simons

Marilyn H. and James H. Simons

Marilyn H. and James H. Simons, co-founders of the Simons Foundation, one of the nation’s leading private funders of scientific research, have served as generous philanthropists, community leaders and advocates of the advancement of basic science.

James Simons, chair of the Simons Foundation, is an expert mathematician and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His work on Chern Simons theory had an important effect on a wide range of areas in theoretical physics. Marilyn Simons has served as president of the Simons Foundation since its inception in 1994 and has played an important role in growing the foundation, its programs and its impact around the globe. She is an advocate for science outreach and is involved in K–12 education.

Through the Simons Foundation, Marilyn and James have established the Simons Observatory in Chile, where UC San Diego astrophysicists are leading the effort to better understand the first few moments after the Big Bang. The foundation has also dedicated funding to cutting-edge sciences across campus, including autism research, engineering, mathematical and biological sciences, psychiatry, neuroscience, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. It has also provided support for graduate students and investigators at UC San Diego.

 
Ratan N. Tata

Ratan N. Tata and the Tata Trusts

Ratan N. Tata is chairman of the Tata Trusts, which are among the largest private philanthropic trusts in India. Tata has devoted his life to transforming society to benefit humankind through the Tata companies and the Tata Trusts. In 2016, the Tata Trusts partnered with UC San Diego to establish the binational Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, a collaboration between the campus and research operations in India. The Tata Institute for Genetics and Society’s mission is to advance global science and technology through socially conscious means to develop solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, from public health to agriculture.

Through direct implementation, co-partnership strategies and grant-making, the Tata Trusts support and drive innovation in the areas of education; health care and nutrition; rural livelihoods; natural resources management; enhancing civil society and governance; and media, arts, crafts and culture.

 

2016

 
Peter C. Farrell

Peter C. Farrell
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Through the company he founded, ResMed, Peter C. Farrell revolutionized the way sleep-related breathing disorders are treated. With his philanthropy to UC San Diego, Farrell established a legacy of invention, improvement and progress. He has contributed to a variety of multidisciplinary programs across campus, supporting the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center at UC San Diego Health, The Preuss School UCSD, Rady School of Management and the Farrell Fund in cardiology. The Peter C. Farrell Sleep Center of Excellence and Peter C. Farrell Presidential Chair in Pulmonary Medicine were named in Farrell’s honor and in recognition of a gift from ResMed to UC San Diego.

 
Richard and Carol Dean Hertzberg

Richard Hertzberg and Carol Dean Hertzberg
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Richard Hertzberg and Carol Dean Hertzberg have shown their generosity and philanthropic vision with nearly two decades of support for UC San Diego. In 2015, the Hertzbergs made a transformative gift to establish the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in order to address the serious problems climate change poses. The couple has also made substantial gifts to areas across campus, including cutting-edge medical research, the Hertzberg Schechter Endowed Prize for Stem Cell Research, the Institute for Genomic Medicine, The Preuss School UCSD and the Chancellor’s Scholars Fund.

 
Marion and Kwan So

Marion and Kwan So
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Beginning with their first gift of $7 to UC San Diego in 1975, Marion and Kwan So have forged a strong bond with the campus. They have made a significant impact by supporting undergraduate education, the health sciences, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the School of Global Policy and Strategy. The couple has played a key role in positioning UC San Diego as one of the world’s top universities for research on contemporary China, which culminated in the founding of the 21st Century China Center. They have also established the Ho Miu Lam Fellowship, the Sokwanlok Chair in Chinese International Affairs, and the Ho Miu Lam Chair in China and Pacific Relations.

 
Daniel Yankelovich

Daniel Yankelovich
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Renowned social researcher and public opinion analyst Daniel Yankelovich has spent decades monitoring social change and public opinion. Dubbed the “dean of American pollsters,” he is perhaps best known for starting The New York Times/Yankelovich poll (now the CBS News/New York Times poll), and for co-founding the not-for-profit Public Agenda. Yankelovich’s passion for bringing together social science theory and practice for the betterment of society led him to establish the Daniel Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought at UC San Diego and to endow the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research, a problem-driven research center in the Division of Social Sciences.

 

2015

Carol Vassiliadis

Carol Vassiliadis
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Carol Vassiliadis has supported UC San Diego across a spectrum of fields, from medicine to history and the humanities. In honor of her late husband, Alkiviadis or “Laki,” she established the Alkiviadis and Carol Vassiliadis Fellowship for Cancer Prevention, which has given aspiring young scientists the opportunity to pursue cancer cures. She also provided significant funding to support the Healthy Eating and Living Program at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, and Jacobs Medical Center. Vassiliadis has also helped position UC San Diego as the top center for Greek studies in the western United States by establishing the Alkiviadis Vassiliadis Chair in Byzantine Greek History and supporting two other Greek history chairs. She serves as a trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation Board and is a member of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Board of Visitors.

 
The Hellman Family

The Family of Chris and Warren Hellman
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The late Warren Hellman; his wife, Chris; and their family established one of the first Hellman Fellows Programs at UC San Diego in 1995. The Hellman Fellowship has been a lifeline for scholars as they push the frontiers of knowledge on their path toward tenure and has benefitted more than 280 promising UC San Diego faculty members in disciplines from visual arts to nanoengineering. The successful UC San Diego program is now on all campuses in the UC System and is the only privately funded program established at all ten institutions. The Hellman Fellows Fund is now managed by two of Chris and Warren’s children, Frances Hellman and Mick Hellman.

 
Qualcomm

Qualcomm Incorporated
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Founded in 1985 when seven industry veterans came together in the den of then UC San Diego professor Irwin Jacobs’ home, Qualcomm Incorporated has played a pivotal role in UC San Diego’s rise to become one of the top 10 public universities in the nation. For 30 years, Qualcomm has actively supported the educational and philanthropic goals of UC San Diego. The company has invested in areas throughout campus, ranging from the School of Global Policy and Strategy to the Jacobs School of Engineering and Calit2’s Qualcomm Institute. Qualcomm has supported UC San Diego students with graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships, and has fueled groundbreaking discoveries with funding for research and faculty chairs.

 

2014

Sue and Steve Hart

Sue and Steve Hart
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Alumni Sue and Steve Hart have served UC San Diego as generous philanthropists, advisers to academic leadership and mentors to students. Sue is a member of the Undergraduate Scholarship Council and the UCSD Alumni awards committee. Steve serves on the Jacobs School of Engineering Dean’s Council of Advisors and the company he co-founded—ViaSat, Inc.—gave a $1 million gift to the UC San Diego Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination. The Harts have also been leaders in establishing student scholarships and supporting the Clarion Writers Workshop, a unique forum for speculative literature.

 
T. Denny Sanford

T. Denny Sanford
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T. Denny Sanford’s commitment to UC San Diego’s interdisciplinary innovation is accelerating research that will benefit people around the world. His founding gift to the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine enabled collaboration among UC San Diego’s scientists, postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, and colleagues at the Sanford-Burnham Institute, The Scripps Research Institute, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology. It was followed by a $100 million gift—the second largest in the campus’s history—to establish the UC San Diego Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center. Sanford is also a devoted supporter of The Preuss School UCSD and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

 

2013

Conrad Prebys

Conrad Prebys
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Providing the most significant gift in the history of UC San Diego’s music program, Conrad Prebys gave $6 million to build the Conrad Prebys Music Center, which houses a world-class concert hall designed by Cyril Harris, one of the most distinguished acousticians in the world. Without Prebys’s support, the project would not have become a reality. He went on to establish an endowment for the center and graduate student fellowships in music.

 
Molli and Arthur Wagner

Molli and Arthur Wagner
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Molli and Arthur Wagner have greatly enhanced the arts at UC San Diego. Arthur’s leadership as founding chair of the campus’s Department of Theatre and Dance helped position the program among the top three in the nation. Together, the Wagners have supported campus theaters, created fellowships, provided the lead gift to the Student Production Fund Endowment and established an endowed chair in acting—the only one of its kind in the country.

 

2012

Bob and Betty Beyster
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Arthur Brody
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Julia Brown
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Peter and Peggy Preuss
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2011

Richard and Rita Atkinson
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John and Ann Davies
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Sheldon and Susan Engelhorn
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Anne Ratner
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L.S. and Aline Skaggs
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2010

Pauline Foster
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Audrey Geisel
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Irwin and Joan Jacobs
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Jerome and Miriam Katzin
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Ernest and Evelyn Rady
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2005

Maurice and Charmaine Kaplan

2003

Darlene Shiley

Charles Robins

2002

Malin Burnham

2000

Neil Morgan

Nomination Guidelines

  • The deadline for nominations is May 4. Nominations received after May 4 will be considered for the following year’s Founders Day. Nominees not selected may be considered the following year.
  • Chancellor’s Medals may be awarded at the Founders’ Day ceremonies. If the Medal is to be awarded to a couple, the Medal to the couple counts as a single Medal.
  • Nominees must have a connection with the University; however, nominees cannot be a current employee (faculty, staff or administrator). In addition, individuals who are in elected or appointed local, state, or federal positions are not eligible until their term of office / appointment has been completed.
  • Nominators must be associated with UC San Diego. Each nomination must be reviewed by a Vice Chancellor in advance of submission for consideration.
  • The Chancellor’s Medal recipient must be willing to be present at Founders Day celebrations to receive the Medal.
  • The Chancellor will confer with the Executive Vice Chancellor and the Vice Chancellors in determining to whom to award the Chancellor’s Medal. In the deliberations, the Chancellor will seek input about the nominees’ distinguished achievements and service to UC San Diego.
  • The decision of the Chancellor is final. The Chancellor may choose to approve an exception to the preceding Guidelines; however, exceptions will be rare.
A complete nomination will include
  1. A narrative (no longer than two pages) that briefly describes the individual’s distinguished achievements in his/her profession and the exceptional service that has benefitted the University.
  2. A one-page summary resume (optional).
  3. A one-page letter from a secondary nominator in support of the nomination (optional).

How to Submit a Nomination

Submit a nomination by completing the form below or mail your nomination to:

Chancellor’s Medal Nomination
c/o Chancellor’s Office
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive # 0005
La Jolla, CA 92095-0005

If you have further questions about your nomination, or the process in general, please phone (858) 534-6861.

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