December 16, 2013


SUBJECT:    Selection of UC San Diego Vice Chancellor - Advancement

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Gamer as Vice Chancellor - Advancement, pending UC Regents approval; he also will serve as President of the UC San Diego Foundation. An Associate Vice Chancellor for Development at the University of California, Los Angeles, Gamer will join as the newest member of our campus leadership team in January 2014.

Steve, who has been at UCLA for 11 years, has more than 20 years of experience identifying, cultivating and soliciting individual donors, corporations and foundations with a tailored approach to philanthropic giving. His senior leadership career includes the planning and execution of major fundraising campaigns, including the upcoming UCLA Centennial Campaign ($4.2 billion) and the successful Campaign UCLA which raised more than $3 billion.

Steve will bring experience and insight into the importance of private support for public universities. Faced with continued state and federal budget cuts, UC San Diego and our sister UC campuses are becoming increasingly reliant on philanthropy to achieve our mission.

Steve joined the UCLA development program in 2002 and served as the Director of Development and External Affairs for the International Institute until 2006. In that capacity, he established a full-fledged advancement program for the newly formed Institute. Subsequently, he became the Executive Director for Individual Giving, overseeing the campus' annual, major and planned giving efforts. From 2009-2011, he served as Executive Director for Campus-wide Initiatives, responsible for managing a broad array of fundraising programs, including the Broad Stem Cell Institute, California NanoSystems Institute, the Library, UCLA Extension and the International Institute. That same year, he was also appointed the Executive Director of The UCLA Foundation. Over the course of his UCLA career, he has been responsible for closing a number of significant gifts with a donor-centric focus on philanthropic growth across the campus.

In 2011, Gamer stepped up to lead UCLA's development program. Under his leadership, the campus expanded its fundraising capacity in multiple areas while growing the organization to include special focus on donor relations and stewardship, scholarship fundraising, online giving and championing the conversion of a database gift accounting system to a constituent relationship management system. The collective result of these and many other leadership efforts, large and small, resulted in a record-setting fundraising year of $512 million in gifts and pledges in fiscal year 2012-2013.

Please join me in welcoming Steve to UC San Diego.

Pradeep K. Khosla