University of California, San Diego

June 28, 1999
SUBJECT: Appointment of Health Sciences Interim Vice Chancellor and Dean
After consultation with many members of the university community, I am pleased to announce the appointment of David N. Bailey, M.D., as Interim Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, effective August 1, 1999. I am confident that Dr. Bailey will provide strong leadership as we begin a national search for a new vice chancellor and dean to succeed John F. Alksne, M.D., whose seven-year appointment ends July 31. Dr. Bailey, a respected member of the faculty since 1977, has served as Professor and Chairman of the medical school's Department of Pathology since 1986. One of the world's most cited authors in forensic sciences, Dr. Bailey leads a department that consistently ranks among the nation's top 15 in research funding. He is Director of Clinical Laboratories for UCSD Medical Center, and teaches pathology and laboratory medicine to medical students and residents. In 1993, he was honored with the Gerald T. Evans Award from the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists in recognition of his leadership, service, and clinical and scientific contributions. He is highly regarded as a skilled administrator and effective consensus builder, qualities that will serve him well in the coming months.
This is a critical juncture in the School of Medicine's evolution, with many challenges and opportunities that will require thoughtful, committed leadership during the interim period. Dr. Alksne and others have established a firm foundation of excellence in teaching, research and patient care, and I know you will join me in supporting Dr. Bailey as he builds upon this legacy.
Robert C. Dynes