Community Leader’s View: Thank you for helping UCSD “Achieve the Extraordinary”By Marye Anne Fox
It’s hard to remember a time when UC San Diego did not sit atop the cliffs of La Jolla. The campus was established 50 years ago and has since become an integral part of the La Jolla community. Right before the community’s eyes, the university has been transformed from a fledgling campus to a world-renowned research institution.
UC San Diego plays a leading and much-noted role in the biotech and high-tech industries, with our faculty, staff and alumni creating more than 600 companies nationwide, including many companies on the mesa that directly benefit La Jolla. Members of the UCSD community have contributed billions to the local economy through innovation, job creation and spending. And the university continues to produce skilled scholars, scientists, doctors and other workers who create strong growth in their chosen fields, and who are ready to tackle the challenges of the future. Our world-class medical facilities bring care and comfort to families throughout the region, and quickly move life-saving discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside.
This past year, as we’ve celebrated our 50th anniversary year, we’ve reflected on the support we’ve received from our neighbors in La Jolla and in San Diego, and we’ve concentrated on giving back to the communities that have supported us since our founding. Our service initiative Volunteer50, specially created for our anniversary year, led 3,300 members of the UCSD community to perform more than 62,000 hours of service, here in our area and around the world. I am proud of their accomplishments, and the achievements of the entire UC San Diego community over the last five decades. Service, like education and research, is the essence of our mission.
And now, as we look forward to the next 50 years and the future contributions we hope to make, I thank the La Jolla community for supporting our campus, our people and our vision. And I thank the thousands of UC San Diego students, staff, faculty, alumni and supporters who’ve helped to shape our history and continue to blaze our trail into the future.
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