UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox and Scripps Institution of Oceanography professor emeritus and one of UC San Diego’s founders.

Letter from the Chancellor

Fifty Years of Achieving the Extraordinary

As I studied the numbers and charts in this year’s annual report, I couldn’t help but think of the thousands of faculty members, staff, and students whose efforts produced the significant progress for the past twelve months, and who have been “achieving the extraordinary” over the last fifty years.

That theme, which we’ve chosen to commemorate UC San Diego’s 50th Anniversary this year, is fitting, as our visionaries, innovators, and overachievers have helped us evolve from our ocean origins at Scripps Institution of Oceanography to a world-renowned education and research institution. Our founding leaders, faculty, staff, students, and alumni established a tradition of excellence and innovation that continues today.

In the last year alone, UC San Diego was ranked the number one university in the country for our commitment to service by Washington Monthly. The university surpassed $1 billion in research funding for the first time in our history. Our researchers and faculty members brought in more than $160 million dollars in federal stimulus money, more than any other University of California campus. A group of UC San Diego students played a critical role in helping the university and the region secure $154 million in federal funding for solar projects. And one of our faculty members, writing and literature professor Rae Armantrout, received the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.

In her lab while a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, Marye Anne Fox and one of her students, Gary Reitz.

These achievements join similar successes all across campus, this past year and throughout the last five decades. UC San Diego’s unique collaborative and innovative environment has led to new discoveries and advances in science, engineering, technology, and the arts and humanities, among many other fields. Our award-winning faculty and researchers, staff, and students work together—across disciplines, divisions, and job descriptions—to tackle pressing global challenges. We transcend traditional boundaries at UC San Diego—just one of the many reasons we’re ranked the seventh best public university in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

During this milestone anniversary year, as we reflect on our successes, we can be proud that we’re still making history. Even today, the university continues to grow and evolve. Education, research, service, and patient care are all part of our mission, and we are committed to advancing the health and well-being of our region, state, nation, and world.

I am honored to be chancellor of UC San Diego during this significant period in the university’s history, and I know we will continue to strengthen the university’s local impact, national influence, and global reach over the next fifty years.


Marye Anne Fox
Chancellor, UC San Diego