February 15, 2017


SUBJECT:    Retirement of Marianne L. Generales, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research

After more than twenty-three years of outstanding service to UC San Diego, including fourteen years as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Marianne Generales has announced her decision to retire effective June 30, 2017. Her leadership and wide-ranging expertise will be missed by friends, colleagues, and associates across campus.

Marianne joined UC San Diego in 1994 at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography where she supported the California Sea Grant Program as an advisor on California marine-research issues for government funded programs.

A year later, Marianne moved to the general campus to support the Vice Chancellor for Research. In this role, she interacted with all levels of staff and faculty across UC San Diego and the University of California Office of the President on matters of research conduct and policy, serving as the Vice Chancellor's representative to the UC Research Advisory Council and formulating strategic plans for multidisciplinary research and training.

Marianne was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research in the Office of Graduate Studies and Research in 2003. In this position, Marianne oversaw administration, budgetary matters and program reviews of UC San Diego's Organized Research Units and served as an advisor to faculty, staff, and the Vice Chancellor for Research on complex research-related issues. Marianne helped launch UC San Diego's Office of Research Affairs (ORA) in 2006, and under her continued stewardship, the ORA has gained national recognition for the quality of several key research units.

Among the many highlights of her distinguished career, Marianne engineered the development of the Electronic Research Administration Program (eRAP), which implemented common business practices and transformational tools to support faculty research across campus. She helped facilitate agreements with San Diego State University, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, the Salk Institute, and other research institutions and provided leadership on many system-wide UC taskforces, as well as state and national committees and boards.

Marianne has made profound contributions to UC San Diego, ORA, and university research systems across the country. She played a fundamental role building the ORA and supporting its evolving functions to advance UC San Diego's progressive research mission.

Please join me in thanking Marianne for her decades of exemplary service, and in wishing her a retirement that is rewarding to her and her family. A national search for Marianne's replacement is underway.

Sandra A. Brown
Vice Chancellor for Research