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UC San Diego Foundation
Announces New Trustees
At the close of the university's 50th Anniversary year, the Foundation recognizes more than $100 million in contribution revenue and additions to endowment in 2010-11

July 21, 2011

By Kristin Luciani

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The UC San Diego Foundation, which raises and manages charitable gifts for the University of California, San Diego, announces that 10 new trustees will join the Foundation Board, for a total of 42-members. The board oversees the management of approximately $600 million in charitable assets, including $375 million in endowment. For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, the campus expects private support to total approximately $120 million.

“The UC San Diego Foundation Board plays a vital role at the university. Given the continuing decline in funding from the State, raising and managing charitable support is critical to our future,” said Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “Our trustees are philanthropists, stewards and ambassadors who wholeheartedly support the university, and they help others to understand the positive impact UC San Diego has on our region and our world.”

The new trustees, one of the largest groups to join the board at one time, represent alumni, supporters and friends of the university and bring a diverse set of skills, perspectives and experiences to the board. The new members include:

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    Sheldon Engelhorn, a 1972 UC San Diego alumnus and a longtime supporter of the campus, especially with regard to scholarships. Engelhorn has served the university in a variety of capacities, including as a member and president of the UCSD Alumni Board of Directors.

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    Phyllis Epstein is a dedicated philanthropist and community leader. Among her many activities at UC San Diego, she is an active supporter of ArtPower!, serves on the Advisory Board of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and is a member of UC San Diego’s Town and Gown.

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    Donald W. Grimm currently serves on the board of several biotech companies, including Life Technologies. He is a director of Hamilton BioVentures and was previously CEO of Hybritech, an early San Diego biotech company. He is also the new chair of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Advisory Board.

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    Jeffrey Krinsk is co-founder and partner at the law firm Finkelstein & Krinsk LLP. In addition to supporting UC San Diego’s Marine Sciences, Krinsk is involved in a number of other charitable and political organizations.

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    Robert McNeely is the former executive vice president and manager for corporate social responsibility at Union Bank of California. He has served with numerous San Diego organizations, including the Center City Development Corporation and the President’s Community Council at Point Loma Nazarene University.

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    Ann Reed is a former accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in Denver, Colorado. She is the parent of two UC San Diego alumni and one current UC San Diego undergraduate, with a son-in-law also attending the university. She has supported many areas of the campus, including music and the arts.

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    Rudolph Rehm serves as Finance Partner at DCM, a global venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, Calif. with offices in Beijing and Tokyo. He has been an active volunteer in the San Diego community, and most recently served as the chair of the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center Advisory Board.

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    Drew Senyei is the managing director of Enterprise Partners Venture Capital. An esteemed medical professional and entrepreneur, Senyei is a devoted supporter of the health sciences at UC San Diego. 

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    Chris Weil is the chair of Christopher Weil & Company, Inc., a financial services firm. His philanthropic endeavors range from supporting The Preuss School UCSD and the Mainly Mozart Festival to establishing the Patricia and Christopher Weil Family Foundation.

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    David Winkler is the CEO and co-founder of the Del Mar Partnership, Inc. A dedicated supporter of diabetes research, he currently serves as the chair of the UC San Diego Pediatric Diabetes Research Center Leadership Council.

The new trustees replace a group of eight UC San Diego trustees whose six-year terms were completed June 30, 2011. The outgoing trustees are: Deborah Bronston-Culp, UC San Diego alumna of 1980; Carol Littlejohn Chang, community leader; Lucy Haugh, community leader; Darcel Hulse, president, Sempra LNG; Judith Morgan, journalist; Anne Otterson, community leader; Ernest Rady, chairman, American Assets; and Brian Walsh, UC San Diego alumnus of 1989 and co-founder of Walsh and Chacon Real Estate. The late John Davies was also a trustee, as well as former chair of the UC Board of Regents. He passed away on May 20, 2011.

For more information visit UC San Diego Foundation.


Media Contact: Kristin Luciani, 858-822-3353, or kluciani@ucsd.edu

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