Letter from the Chancellor

Man in blazer stands in front of a lighted bridge

Let There Be Light

UC San Diego has a 60-year history of bold thinking, inspired creativity and groundbreaking innovation. Free from the constraints of tradition and expectation, our faculty, staff, students and alumni have led the university to global prestige and distinction through innovative research and discovery, next-level patient care and a deep commitment to service in the pursuit of solving societal problems.

At its inception, our campus was a handful of buildings that represented the aspirations and ideals of our university’s founders. Today, it is in the midst of an exciting physical, intellectual and cultural transformation. Guided by our institutional Strategic Plan, we are expanding college access and affordability for underserved students, initiating campus-wide interdisciplinary research initiatives to foster collaboration and strengthening industry and community partnerships to drive regional impact. UC San Diego is becoming a destination.

In February, I was honored to turn on the lights of the new University of California San Diego lighted sign on the Gilman Bridge. This long-awaited span across the I-5 freeway is the culmination of plans that were first conceived in 1963. This bridge represents more than just a means of crossing the freeway to physically unite our campus. It is a symbol of our interconnectedness with the community. The sign creates a sense of place and serves as a welcoming beacon to patients, students and visitors alike.

In this issue of Triton, you’ll see many physical changes coming to life as part of our campus transformation—including homes for new colleges and the evolution of Pepper Canyon into a new campus entrance from the UC San Diego Blue Line. I wonder if our founders could have imagined a campus and community so transformed, yet so representative of their founding philosophy of nontradition.

I hope that as alumni, you are as energized as I am by the transformation of our campus into a true living-learning environment and emerging destination for art, culture, recreation and patient care. I hope the Gilman Bridge sign reminds you that you will always belong at UC San Diego. I hope that it illuminates the Triton spirit inside of you—the knowledge and experience that you gained here and share with others. Sharing knowledge with others is how our University of California motto is truly realized: Fiat Lux—let there be light.

With kind regards,
Pradeep K. Khosla
Chancellor