April 1, 2019


SUBJECT:   Retirement of Assistant Vice Chancellor - Academic Affairs, Ann Briggs Addo

Following 26 years of exceptional service to UC San Diego and the University of California, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (AVC-AA), Ann Briggs Addo has retired effective April 1, 2019.

Ann Briggs Addo joined the University of California in 1992 and served at the San Diego campus in a number of roles, including Capital Planning's Business Manager, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff for Resource Management & Planning, and Interim Associate Chancellor. From 2008 - 2010 she served at the UC Irvine campus as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff for Health Affairs, returning to UC San Diego in June 2010 as Director of Undergraduate Education and Program Planning. In Fall 2010, she was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Chief of Staff and has been a key advisor and strategist on policy, programs and operations for units within the EVC's purview, particularly Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and the Preuss School UCSD. In this role, she supported the success of SVC-AA Paul Drake, EVC-AA Suresh Subramani, Interim EVC-AA Peter Cowhey, and EVC-AA Elizabeth H. Simmons.

Throughout her career, AVC Briggs Addo worked with colleagues across UC San Diego and systemwide on topics spanning the VC-RMP and EVC-AA’s extensive portfolios. She was instrumental in the development, implementation and sustained success of highly impactful initiatives such as the Preuss School UCSD, the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, and the Education Initiative, including the launch of the Teaching + Learning Commons, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and recently the Strategic Academic Program Development Initiative. On behalf of the Executive Vice Chancellor’s Office, she facilitated executive searches resulting in the recruitment of VC-EDI Petitt, VC-SA Satterlund, University Librarian Mitchell, and several incumbent Deans and senior leadership team members. A strong advocate for staff and three-time “diversity champion,” AVC Briggs Addo is a co-founder of the Ujima Network and has served on the Steering Committee of the UC Black Administrators Council, working continually to ensure that the concerns and needs of staff are considered.

AVC Briggs Addo has been an extraordinary friend, colleague, strategic advisor and mentor to many within the University of California community. Her integrity, professional ethics, candor, and passionate dedication to our University’s public research and teaching mission have been evident in her daily work and in her approach to every issue she has touched throughout her UC career. She will be deeply missed. Please join me in expressing my sincere gratitude to AVC Briggs Addo for her lasting contributions to our University, and in wishing her every happiness in her retirement.

Elizabeth H. Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor