“This evening is about celebrating UC San Diego’s 56th anniversary and our supporters who have helped us to become one of the best public research universities in the world.” – Chancellor Khosla
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. It is awarded every year at the Founders Celebration dinner, which took place on Saturday night. This year’s recipients are Peter C. Farrell, Richard and Carol Dean Hertzberg, Marion and Kwan So, and Daniel Yankelovich. Before presenting the medals, Chancellor Khosla thanked UC San Diego’s supporters for energizing our culture of challenging convention in order to unlock mysteries, transform lives and make our world a better place.
Farrell revolutionized the way we treat sleep-related breathing disorders through his career as ResMed’s founder and through his support of the Peter C. Farrell Sleep Center of Excellence at UC San Diego; he has also directed gifts to the university to support several other areas of campus – from The Preuss School to the Rady School of Management. The Hertzbergs are helping us to address some of our world’s most pressing challenges, like broadening college access and protecting our environment; their lead gift established the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The Sos have supported UC San Diego for four decades, contributing to multiple areas of campus – from fellowships and endowed chairs to undergraduate education and health sciences; they have also helped position UC San Diego as one of the world’s top universities for education and research on contemporary China. Yankelovich has a goal of finding solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems, with aligns with the university’s mission; he established the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research at UC San Diego to address issues like social mobility, inequality, education and policy. Read more about this year’s medalists.