August 15, 2017


SUBJECT:    Sixth College Provost

Following five years of dedicated service as Provost of Sixth College, Professor Daniel Donoghue has announced that he will conclude his tenure as Provost effective August 31, 2017.

A highly regarded biochemist and member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1982, Professor Donoghue has admirably served during his term as Provost. He has proven to be a strong advocate for student services, was highly involved in the student affairs activities of the College, demonstrated a deep commitment to improving residential life and provided students with a wealth of enriching activities.

Provost Donoghue partnered with his Council of Provost (COP) colleagues in the design, implementation and teaching of the First Year Experience (FYE) program and the Transfer Year Experience (TYE) program, a two-unit course for student success designed to assist in students' acclimation to UC San Diego. He also played a key role in the implementation of a Science Study Minor at Sixth College. He has been a strong advocate for strengthening supports and services for students of concern, and has served in recent years as the Provost representative on the Behavioral Threat Assessment Management Team.

Strengthening diverse learning communities at the College has been a top priority for Provost Donoghue, and under his leadership, Sixth College has been lauded as a place that welcomes diversity. He led a successful bid to host one of three new themed housing units to be embedded in the Colleges, and the African Black Diaspora Living Learning Community (ABD-LLC) officially opened at Sixth College in fall quarter, 2016. He established an Advisory Committee composed of Sixth College students, staff and campus partners to ensure the success of this important initiative.

Provost Donoghue shepherded the highly successful Sixth College 10th anniversary celebration, hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, which included a performance for over 4,000 and an interactive photo shoot with Sixth College students. In 2015, he hosted a similar performance and photo shoot with neuroscientist and Big Bang Theory actress Mayim Bialik, an event which was also highly acclaimed.

As Provost, he has served on several key committees associated with the planning for the future home of Sixth College, the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood (NTPLLN), and has served as a zealous advocate for Sixth College and the needs of its students throughout the process.

Please join me in expressing sincere gratitude to Provost Donoghue for his outstanding dedication and service to Sixth College. The appointment of an Interim Provost will be soon be announced, and a campus-wide search for a new Provost will commence in the Fall.

Peter F. Cowhey
Interim Executive Vice Chancellor