Sixth College Provost Appointed
UCSD announced on Dec. 20 that Vice Chair of Graduate Chemistry and Biochemistry Dan Donoghue was appointed as the new Sixth College provost.Written by Rebecca Horwitz
05 February 2012
Former Sixth College Provost Naomi Oreskes stepped down on July 1, 2011 after three years as provost to focus more on research. Oreskes’s research is on climate change and the reception of global warming. Professor of Mathematics Jim Lin was appointed as acting provost for fall quarter.
Donoghue has worked at UCSD for 32 years. Since 1985, he has been the director of a program of a training grant funded by the National Cancer Institute that brings 32 faculty researchers together to research basic biochemical processes in cancer cells. The program also provides funding for predoctoral and postdoctoral cancer research fellows at UCSD.
Donoghue has also been a recipient of an American Cancer Society Faculty Research Award, a Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship, a Searle Scholars Fellowship and a Senior Faculty Award from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
Donoghue said his interest in undergraduate education began when he started teaching a lower level chemistry class 8-9 years ago. In 2008, he was appointed the Chair of the Academic Senate where he met many people from the Student Affairs Office and the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. He also served on the Committee on Student Life and Engagement from 2007-09 and recently as the co-chair of the Senate Administration Joint Task Force on Budget.
“I was just more generally involved in activities at the campus-wide level and just really came to appreciate how great UCSD is and how great our students are,” Donoghue said.
Donoghue said it has been an honor to be appointed as the Sixth College Provost.
“Sixth College people have been so welcoming, the staff have been really awesome, students are great,” Donoghue said. “I’m learning my way around Sixth College because I’ve been on Revelle campus most of the rest of the time. It’s pretty cool.”
Donoghue said he plans to work on continuing the development of Sixth College, including academic buildings, new residential halls and new dining facilities.
The new dining facility has been very important to the students.
“I’m kind of hearing that would be one of the number one priorities for students at Sixth College and that the other parts that would go along with the full scale development of the college,” Donoghue said.
He said it would be easier to start working on those now that the trolley locations have been established.
Donoghue said he is excited to be a part of the newest college on campus.
“I think Sixth College is a work that’s still evolving,” Donoghue said. “It’s our newest college, it was started with tremendous vision by the people that really conceptualized it at its inception and some parts of that vision have been realized and other parts of it I think are still in development.”