UC Davis touches and transforms everything that matters to us as human beings – from our health to the economy, to what we eat and drink, to how we experience and interpret life.
As I prepare to step down as chancellor of this remarkable university after serving in this capacity for 15 years, I am proud that I witnessed and, hopefully, helped our faculty, staff and students contribute to the wonderful growth.
For 100 years, we have prepared and inspired students and discovered solutions to some of society's most pressing problems. Our positive impact is felt in so many ways. For example,
Aging, the focus of this issue of the magazine, matters to a growing number of Californians, as well as to many others around the nation. True to our culture, UC Davis is applying its diverse expertise – from the biology of aging and hospice care to issues related to adequate care and financial resources – so that older Americans can live their lives fully.
As we look to the future, we will continue to address those things that matter most to California in order to transform the world. But, just as UC Davis was anticipating and responding to society's needs a century ago, I know we'll be doing the same in our second century. It's our calling, and nobody does it better.