|Nov. 29, 2000
Media Contact: Pat JaCoby,
UCSD AWARDS FIRST 'CHANCELLOR'S MEDAL' TO NEIL MORGAN
The University of California, San Diego's inaugural 'Chancellor's
Medal' was awarded to journalist Neil Morgan last night in recognition
of his unique contributions to San Diego.
editor/senior columnist of the San Diego Union-Tribune, was honored
during a presentation ceremony held in UCSD's Geisel Library and
attended by more than 150 San Diego civic and cultural leaders.
In presenting the medal Chancellor Robert C. Dynes noted that
"Neil Morgan is first and foremost a journalist. But this 'Mr.
San Diego' has worn many hats. He has been columnist, editor, author,
civic leader, regional booster, and critic of the status quo.
"Tonight," Dynes said, "we honor Neil for his
remarkable service in all those roles, and in one other role: that of
community educator. Neil has taught us that, when you live in a region
blessed by nature and circumstance, you have a duty to safeguard those
blessings. He also has taught us that, when a city ascends to the
world stage, it should not leave its heart behind."
Also speaking were University of California Regent John Davies, and
Mary Walshok, UCSD associate chancellor for Extended Studies, both
Walshok noted that "the themes in Neil's life as a journalist
have reflected this region's evolution, its culture and aspirations,
as well as how we-as a great research university in this promising
region-need to be both a driver of change and a mirror on the wall of
who and what we are as a society.
"Neil has been particularly mindful of the need for great
institutions such as UCSD to be not just very good at what they do,
but to be active and responsible players in the communities in which
they live. He has pushed us to build genuine connections between
research and entrepreneurs. He urged us to help forge real bonds of
trust and mutuality between San Diego and Tijuana and highlighted the
work and growth of San Diego Dialogue, the Center for US/Mexico
Relations, and the Institute of the Americas in the 1990s. And today
he exhorts us to focus on civic engagement, leadership and, most
importantly, diversity, as our region's most promising asset and
An exhibit of the books authored by Morgan and memorabilia of his
leadership in San Diego opened last night in the Special Collections
area of the library, and will continue through December.