December 20, 2011
It is my pleasure to announce that Professor Daniel J. Donoghue, Vice-Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been appointed as the next Provost of Sixth College, effective January 1, 2012.
A highly regarded biochemist, Professor Donoghue has been a member of the UC San Diego faculty since 1982. He received his B.Sc. in 1974 in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and his Ph.D. in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. He joined the UC San Diego faculty following a postdoctoral fellowship at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Professor Donoghue has been the recipient of a Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship, a Searle Scholars Fellowship, co-recipient of a grant from the Lucille P. Markey Foundation Charitable Trust Funds, an American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, and a Senior Faculty Award from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Since 1985, he has served as the Program Director of a Training Grant from the National Cancer Institute that brings together 32 faculty researchers in the area of basic cancer research and which provides funding for predoctoral and postdoctoral cancer research fellows on campus, including multiple minority supplements for outstanding young scientists.
Professor Donoghue has a demonstrated history of commitment to undergraduate education and service to the campus which will serve him well in his new position as Provost. He regularly teaches large lower-division courses and is a popular instructor among students for introductory courses such as The Periodic Table. During 2007-2009, Professor Donoghue served as a member of the Undergraduate Student Experience and Satisfaction Steering Committee (later renamed Committee on Student Life & Engagement). A respected colleague, Professor Donoghue has served on many committees of the UC San Diego Academic Senate, including Privilege and Tenure and the Committee on Academic Personnel. His recent campus service includes one year as Vice-Chair and then Chair of the UC San Diego Division of the Academic Senate, and Co-Chair of the Senate Administration Joint Task Force on Budget. For the past four years, he has served as Vice-Chair for Graduate Education of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Professor Donoghue's administrative and academic accomplishments and his commitment to educational excellence at UC San Diego make him exceptionally well qualified to provide leadership as Provost of Sixth College. The theme of Sixth College – Culture Art and Technology – will prove especially exciting as it provides a paradigm of our current society as culture and art intersect with science and technology, creating pervasive tension in our everyday lives.
I am delighted that Professor Donoghue has accepted this important and challenging leadership position of UC San Diego’s youngest college. Please join me in offering him best wishes and support.