Campus Notice
University of California, San Diego


January 12, 2006


SUBJECT:    Change in Leadership for Office of Post Award Financial
Services (OPAFS)

The Director of OPAFS, Dan Gilbreath, has decided to retire this spring after five years of distinguished leadership. Dan came to UCSD in this role after a long and equally distinguished career with San Diego State University as its controller. In his time with us, Dan's leadership has led to significant improvements in administrative and compliance support for research-intensive units, including higher quality and increased frequency of training and forums on emerging issues in federal regulation of research. I am very grateful for all Dan has accomplished, and I hope you will join me in congratulating him for the outstanding job he has done for UCSD. We wish him all the best as he transitions to the next exciting phase of his life.

I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Cooper as the new Director of OPAFS, effective February 1, 2006. For the last five years, Mark has been the Director of Student Business Services here at UCSD. Under his leadership, service levels to our students have dramatically increased, and many administrative processes have been vastly improved using current technology. Recent innovations that Mark introduced were E-check and E-bill, web-based billing and payment processes for students and parents to easily examine and pay student billings. These innovations were recently highlighted in an article on technology innovation by the Business Officer Magazine published in December 2005 by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Mark came to UCSD from Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was a division controller, so he brings a strong background in a federally regulated business environment to his new role. Please join me in welcoming Mark as the new Director of OPAFS. He is looking forward to meeting and working with each of you that support the huge research enterprise here at UCSD.

Don Larson