UCSD in La Jolla: Mary Walshok

Editor’s note: To mark UCSD’s 50


anniversary, the Light is asking people for their thoughts on how the university has affected La Jolla. Today, we hear from

Mary Walshok, Ph.D.,

associate vice chancellor for public programs and dean of Extension at UCSD. She is the co-author of “

Closing America’s Job Gap

” and is now researching the link between workforce development and regional economic growth for the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation and the Lilly Foundation.

“Innovation has created a virtuous circle of wealth and amenities for La Jolla. UC San Diego has been a hub of innovation and creativity on the mesa, a magnet for intellectual capital and dozens of research institutions. Through programs like Connect, the university deliberately and actively transformed the local economy into one of global technology companies filled with highly educated people. Thanks to the wealth created by growing companies and the highly educated, high-wage population, La Jolla’s social and cultural landscape has been able to support treasures like the La Jolla Playhouse and the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art. And that helps the university to continue to attract the world’s leading innovative thinkers. In my new book that comes out in January,

Closing America’s Job Gap

, I describe this type of economic and employment future for communities across America that would like to emulate what the university has helped create for La Jolla.”



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