Campaign Timeline

Campaign Timeline

The Campaign for UC San Diego began in 2012 with a goal to “continue the nontradition.” This timeline chronicles the moments and milestones that have played a key role in the success of this ambitious fundraising campaign to date and helped to shape the transformation of UC San Diego through the Campaign’s planned conclusion in 2022.

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  • Pradeep K. Khosla is named the 8th chancellor of UC San Diego. Formerly dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s highly regarded College of Engineering (also known as the Carnegie Institute of Technology), Khosla is an accomplished leader, educator and researcher.
  • The Campaign for UC San Diego officially begins with a silent phase and a goal of $2 billion, making it the most ambitious fundraising effort in the university’s history.
  • A $6.05 million bequest from Betty C. and Walter J. Zable supports faculty endowed chairs, student scholarships and fellowships, and health care across campus.


  • The Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program is launched by Chancellor Khosla to provide undergraduate scholarships to eligible students from three local high schools that support historically underserved communities: Gompers Preparatory Academy, Lincoln High School and The Preuss School UC San Diego. When combined with other university, state and federal aid, the award effectively provides a full scholarship for many students.
  • Businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donates $100 million—the second largest gift received by UC San Diego in its history—to create the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center to accelerate drug development and cell therapies derived from current human stem cell research.
  • Ben and Wanda Hildyard make a $6 million bequest to UC San Diego School of Medicine to create three endowed chairs for research in hereditary diseases, eye diseases, and mitochondrial and metabolic diseases.


  • UC San Diego develops its first-ever Strategic Plan under the leadership of Chancellor Khosla, establishing a shared vision and goals for the future of the campus, and embarking on an era of transformation.


  • Price Philanthropies makes a $6 million gift to Birch Aquarium—one of the largest gifts in its history. The gift expands the aquarium’s outreach and education efforts including establishing the Ocean Science Education Fund, which is dedicated to providing hands-on ocean science education to underserved students in San Diego.
  • Philanthropists Evelyn and Ernest Rady commit $100 million to support endowed faculty chairs, student fellowships and educational programs at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management.
  • Community philanthropist Rebecca Moores commits $10 million to support the research into myeloproliferative diseases including early predictive tools for pediatric and adult cancers based on cancer stem cells and selective therapies to eradicate therapy-resistant cancers.
  • Nationally renowned public opinion expert Daniel Yankelovich leaves a $6 million bequest to endow the Yankelovich Center for Social Science Research in UC San Diego’s Division of Social Sciences to advance problem-driven, practice-based research into practical solutions for national problems.
  • ResMed Inc. makes a $5 million gift in honor of company founder and chairman of the board Peter C. Farrell to establish the Peter C. Farrell Sleep Center of Excellence and the Peter C. Farrell Presidential Chair in Pulmonary Medicine.
  • Richard and Carol Dean Hertzberg commit $5 million to launch the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.


  • The first annual All Campus Commencement—designed to strengthen the sense of community among all graduates—kicks off graduation weekend at UC San Diego.
  • Named in recognition of a gift of more than $100 million from Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Jacobs Medical Center opens at UC San Diego Health. Additional gifts from Ernest and Evelyn Rady ($12 million) to name the Rady Pavilion for Women and Infants, Carol Vassiliadis ($8.5 million) to name the A. Vassiliadis Family Pavilion for Advanced Surgery, and Pauline Foster ($7.5 million) to name The Pauline and Stanley Foster Pavilion for Cancer Care expands UC San Diego Health’s capacity for advanced medical care including robotic and minimally invasive surgical options, a state-of-the-art blood and marrow transplant unit, and comprehensive birth options.
  • The UC San Diego Blue Line debuts downtown as part of the new partnership to extend trolley service from the border of Mexico to the university’s campus in La Jolla. The extension project includes nine new stops, including two on campus, that will transform the way people access and experience UC San Diego.
  • UC San Diego receives a $70 million commitment from the India-based philanthropic Tata Trusts to establish the Tata Institute for Active Genetics and Society, a collaborative partnership between the university and research operations in India that is exploring how to tackle some of the world’s deadliest diseases such as malaria.
  • UC San Diego establishes the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (LRF MoMI CoRE) thanks to a $10.5 million gift from the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation. LRF MoMI CoRE participates in research and collaborations that explore evidence-based understanding of human milk composition and the impact of human milk on microbiome and long-term health.
  • UC San Diego announces plans to have an urban presence in Downtown San Diego. The new innovative cultural and educational hub at the corner of Park and Market will connect the university’s wide range of programs to the downtown innovation community and to diverse neighborhoods throughout the urban core.


  • Alumnus and Facebook pioneer Taner Halıcıoğlu commits $75 million—the largest alumni gift the campus has ever received—to establish the Halıcıoğlu Institute for Data Science at UC San Diego. His gift kicks off the public launch of the Campaign for UC San Diego, which had already reached 60% of its $2 billion goal.
  • UC San Diego is invited to join the Big West Conference—paving the way for NCAA Division I reclassification—with competition beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. UC San Diego students and the Academic Senate had voted yes on a referendum to transition to Division I athletics the year prior.
  • Alumnus and Qualcomm co-founder Franklin Antonio donates $30 million to the university in support of programmatic expansion of the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. His gift funds a new building for engineering research and education, named Franklin Antonio Hall.


  • The Center for Integrative Research and the Center for Integrative Nutrition, both within the Centers for Integrative Health, are established thanks to a bequest gift from Richard “Dick” Krupp. The legacy gift—which may be realized at more than $30 million in the coming years—supports research regarding the use of diet and natural approaches in the prevention and treatment of important health problems.
  • The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood breaks ground on campus. The vibrant, mixed-use community incorporates residential, academic and administrative space, retail and parking, and is a fundamental component in the transformation of the UC San Diego campus into a live, learn, play community.
  • Dr. Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Family Foundation pledges a $25 million lead gift to usher in a new era of public health research, education and advances that will promote healthier populations on a local, national and global scale.
  • Qualcomm Co-Founder Andrew J. Viterbi pledges $50 million in support of the Department of Ophthalmology. With this historic gift—the largest ever to a department—UC San Diego has the potential to cure blindness to help millions of people worldwide. His gift will name The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology and The Viterbi Family Vision Research Center, and create six new endowed chairs for faculty.


  • UC San Diego Health opens the state-of-the-art Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit. Named in honor of Gary and Mary West’s $11.8 million gift, the new facility includes elements designed to improve access and treatment for seniors and will also support research into innovate care approaches for older adults.
  • The Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program, launched in 2013 as a partnership with three local high schools supporting historically underserved communities, expands to eligible students from over 100 high schools, community colleges and community-based organizations across the state.
  • UC San Diego launches its very first Giving Day. The 32-hour campaign raised more than $660,000 from 3,523 gifts, demonstrating that gifts of any size can add up to make a big difference.
  • Community leader Elaine Galinson directs $5 million in grants to endow the Galinson/Glickman Campus Civility Program at UC San Diego. The program is the most comprehensive model that the National Conflict Resolution Center has worked on and has inspired similar programming on campus across the Western United States.
  • The Simons Observatory breaks ground in June. Thanks to a five-year, $40 million grant from Jim and Marilyn Simons — the founders of the Simons Foundation — and the Heising-Simons Foundation, the new astronomy facility in Chile’s Atacama Desert will merge and expand existing efforts among international researchers to explore the evolution of the universe.
  • Businessman and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford gives a landmark $100 million gift to establish the T. Denny Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, which will explore the neurobiology of compassion, revamp medical education and address the epidemic of physician burnout.
  • The Campaign for UC San Diego reaches $2 billion making UC San Diego the youngest university in the country to reach such a milestone. And we’re just getting started.