Chancellor Gene Block

Message from the Chancellor

Excellent public universities have never been more critical to our nation and the world than they are today. The need for skilled leaders and innovators grows ever greater while higher education becomes too costly for more and more students with the promise and potential to fill those roles. At the same time, the service mission of public institutions is increasingly vital to the quality of our healthcare, the economy, K-12 education and numerous other facets of life in our cities and towns.

UCLA embodies the best of what it means to be public. National and international rankings consistently place us in the top tier among the world’s most outstanding universities, based not only on our teaching and research, but also on our contribution to public good. Simply put, UCLA is a phenomenon—with award-winning faculty, groundbreaking research, life-changing innovations, four world-class teaching hospitals and more than 80 community clinics delivering state-of-the-art healthcare one patient at a time.

None of this would be possible without you, our extraordinary partners, and your unfailing generosity. We know that you choose to invest in UCLA because you believe in its mission. You share the university’s values of access to excellence and service to others. You, too, want to make a positive difference for as many people as possible.

We believe that what we can achieve together is boundless. An inscription above a door to our Humanities Building reads, “Nothing is too wonderful to be true.” A quote from inventor Michael Faraday, it could also be the credo of all who support UCLA.

Gene D. Block