New UC President Visits UC San Diego for First Time

“It was a pleasure to show our new President how extraordinary UC San Diego truly is, and the major impact we have on our region, state and country.”

– Chancellor Khosla

Chancellor Khosla and President Janet Napolitano at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Newly appointed University of California President Janet Napolitano toured UC San Diego yesterday to learn more about our excellence in education, research, patient care and service.  In her first visit to UC San Diego since being named the system’s leader, the President had an opportunity to engage one-on-one with campus members during a private lunch with students, an afternoon gathering with staff and a meeting with the Academic Senate Council.

She also conversed with numerous faculty members and graduate students while visiting a range of laboratories and multi-disciplinary centers with Chancellor Khosla that highlight UC San Diego’s collaborations and strengths across disciplines – from the physical, marine and social sciences, to engineering, medicine, arts and humanities.  President Napolitano said the tour and her interactions with campus members demonstrate that the University of California has a jewel in UC San Diego. 

Between tour destinations, President Napolitano checked out a few Stuart Art Collection pieces, including Bear and Fallen Star.  UC San Diego was the second stop on her multi-campus tour of the UC system.

At the end of the day, the President stopped by the National Engineering Forum regional dialogue, held at the Scripps Forum, to greet leaders who’d assembled to discuss the three main challenges that face our U.S. engineering enterprise – capacity, capability and competitiveness.  The NEF meeting shined a spotlight on San Diego and our campus, showcasing our contributions and leadership in the field of engineering, and seeking our regional expertise on how to solve complex national challenges.